3 Ways to Streamline ISV License Management

By Misy Palmer | June 26, 2024

3 Tips for ISV License Management

Integrating ISVs into your Microsoft solutions can help you enhance processes and increase productivity.

However, it also means managing many licenses outside the ones your users need to do their jobs within Microsoft solutions like Dynamics 365, Power Platform, Microsoft 365, Copilot, and more.

Luckily, there are ways to make this easier. In this blog, we will offer three tips on how you can manage your ISV licenses better, and look at why teaming up with a licensing partner can take you even further.

1. Avoid Paying Month-to-Month

Paying your licensing fees every month can be costly. While it gives you some flexibility in terms of starting and ending the use of an ISV, paying monthly usually costs more over the year than signing up for an annual subscription.

For example, if you are paying $120 per month for a license, that will end up costing $1,440. This ISV might offer you to renew yearly with an annual charge of $1200, saving you $240 per year on that license. This might seem insignificant, but if you factor it into a company with 50 users, that company saves $12,000 per year.

Additionally, many ISVs offer multi-year discounts, saving you even more money in the long run. The best way to do it is to find an ISV that works for you and take advantage of multi-year discounts if they are available.

2. Co-Term Your ISV Licenses with Your Microsoft Licenses

Aligning your ISV license renewals with your Microsoft license renewals simplifies management and makes it easier for you to factor licensing into your budget. Doing this will also ease stress on you and your team by eliminating the need to keep complex records on all of your license renewal dates.

3. Partner with a Proactive Licensing Team for Support

Stoneridge Software has a dedicated licensing team that can help you implement best practices in ISV license management and provide you with many additional benefits, including:

Notifications on upcoming price increases

We will notify you well in advance if your license price is going to increase so you can prepare accordingly.

Identifying cost-saving opportunities

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Switching you from month-to-month payments to yearly or multi-year renewals.
  • Helping you renew early in the event of a price increase so you can lock in your current rate.
  • Taking advantage of licensing discounts.

Manage one-to-one licenses

One-to-one licenses are ISV licenses that are linked to your Microsoft solution.

For example, if you run a manufacturing company and use Dynamics 365 Business Central, your users might also need a license for YAVEON ProBatch.

Stoneridge can help you line these licenses - and others - up so they renew at the same time. This also makes it easier for you to find ways to save on licensing for all of them.

We can also centralize them so you can view and manage them in one location.

Save on implementation costs

When many organizations count up their ISV licenses, it adds up. While Dynamics 365 solutions are powerful, ISVs add more value in many areas by streamlining and improving processes. However, as you introduce more ISVs into your environment, paying each one for implementation can get very costly. Sometimes, the implementation costs can even outweigh the cost of the licenses.

If you partner with Stoneridge, our experts can often do these implementations for you at a lower cost and add them to your statement of work.

Note: Stoneridge can’t guarantee that our team can implement all of your ISVs. If you are curious about which ones we can implement, reach out to our team.

Want to Learn More About ISV License Management?

Get in touch with Stoneridge! Our licensing team can help you reduce the stress of license management in your organization by consolidating your licenses and offering proactive support to help you find cost savings and increase efficiency.

Co-Author: Katherine Hizon

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