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Product key licensing made easy

Academic Software Platform

13/04/2023 Dawn Nell

As an education institution, you likely have a large number of students, faculty, and staff who require access to various digital tools and software programs to support their work and research. However, managing the licensing of these products can be a significant challenge. Different software providers use different licensing systems, and assigning the right licence to each user can be time-consuming and complicated. This is where Academic Software can help.

Academic Software’s platform automates and optimises licence distribution, making it easy for you to manage licences for a wide range of digital tools and software products. One of the key ways in which the platform can assist is through helping you manage the use of product keys.

Product keys are encrypted codes that users need to activate a particular software program. With Academic Software, end-users can apply for a personal product code through the platform, which is linked either to a local list or a vendor's API. For example, popular software products such as Windows 10/11, SPSS, SketchUp, Visual Studio, and MATLAB all use product keys for licensing. Academic Software can accept an imported list of product keys or make a direct link to the vendor's system via an API, such as Microsoft, SketchUp, or SPSS.

The Academic Software platform stores product keys in an internal database, and only when displaying to the user are they decrypted. Product keys are requested and displayed in-page immediately upon request. Where needed, product keys are requested via the vendor API in accordance with their policy. This ensures that each user is assigned the correct licence, and that there is no risk of over-licensing or under-licensing.

Using the Academic Software platform can help you save time and reduce the administrative burden associated with managing product key licensing. By automating the licence distribution process, you can ensure that your students, faculty, and staff have access to the software they need, while also complying with licensing agreements.

In addition to product keys, the Academic Software platform offers a range of other licensing solutions, including concurrent licences and named user licences. The platform also provides detailed reporting and analytics, making it easy to monitor licence usage and ensure compliance with licensing terms, whilst keeping an eye on cost effectiveness.

Academic Software

The global leader in licensing and deployment solutions for education – providing 100% of an institution's digital tools via one self-service platform. Academic Software, part of the Signpost Group