Well, summer is almost here. Congratulations on making it through another year! I know that most schools have used up their budgets for FY15, so I figured it would be a good idea to mention how the new changes in Adobe’s site licensing program will affect the FY16 budgetary process.
Remember the Creative Suite site licenses? You could buy a 250 or 500 seat of Design Standard, Design & Web, or Master collection. You would buy it, and own it. Not so much anymore.
Adobe has gone to a subscription based system that will now license the entire school (regardless of how many computers you have). They are calling it the Educational Enterprise Agreement, or EEA for short. With EEA, the full Creative Cloud is installed on all devices across campus. The cost for EEA is determined by your FTE count.
(Full-time faculty) + (Part-time faculty ÷ 3) + (Full time staff) + (Part time staff ÷ 2) = FTE #
- If your FTE is 20-69, your price point is $70 (x) your FTE number.
- If your FTE is 70 or higher, your price point is $40 (x) your FTE number.
If my FTE is 82, I would pay 82×40= $3,280 per year to have all the computers in the school licensed with the latest Adobe software.
As you can see, the price is lower than a typical CS6 site license and you can rest easy knowing that all the software is up to date. Furthermore, you have the option to lock that price in for two years—regardless of if your FTE changes!
For some this is a good change. They can have the most up to date software, lock the price in for two years, and not worry about device limitations.
For others…this is not a welcome change–and I understand that. Some schools will have a difficult time finding the funding every year. Regardless of your situation, I would love the opportunity to speak with you about your school’s potential for EEA school wide licensing. You can find more info on our website, here.