There are two main types of licensing for the QW Products.
- Standalone Dedicated workstation licenses
- Concurrent Licenses
Standalone Workstation licenses:
This type of license is dedicate to a specific workstation. It is best suited for workstations used by what we call “primary users”. These are users that must have QW available to them at all times to record and review data. Primary users would typically be production floor that are recording process and product audits, as well as downtime or defect type applications. Quality and or Lab users would also be considered primary users.
A secondary user could be offline personnel, managers and process engineers who require access but not necessarily immediately. Their needs may best be met using the second type of licensing – concurrent or shared licensing service.
Concurrent User Licensing:
In this case, license management tool called “QWLicense Server” is used to distribute and monitor QW licenses. This application or service is typically run on a shared file server and could be the same server used to store QW Application data. As a QW user opens QW on a workstation, a license would be requested from the pool of available licenses. If there is a license available, that license will be allocated to the user requesting a licence. When that user closes the QW programs the license will be returned to the pool of available licenses.
A QWLicense Server installation will have a minimum of 10 licenses but the number of licenses or seats can be increased to meet demand requirements. If all the licenses in a license pool are allocated, then the requesting user will receive a message indicating there are no licenses available at that time. If this message appears regularly then you should consider increasing the number of seats for the QWLicense Server to manage
License Strategy – Pros and Cons:
The easiest to manage license strategy would be using the concurrent Licenses managed by the QWLicense Server application. It ensures that all licenses purchased are available. You should verify that the number of licenses is sufficient to meet peak demand. Using this strategy means QW can be installed on any number of workstations as use of the software is managed by the QWLicense Server application.
The use of Dedicated workstation licenses ensures licenses are available when needed for primary users, but can result in underutilized licenses because they are dedicated to a workstation that may not be used all the time.
A combination of both licensing types may be the best way of meeting the needs of the organization while helping to minimize costs with the shared concurrent license approach.