What License do I Purchase?
Applies to Analytica 4.2 and later.
Select License Type
There are three styles of Analytica licenses:
- Individual license
- Centrally-managed named-user license
- Floating license
Both individual and named-user are single-user licenses. The distinction here is whether the license is installed directly on the end-user's machine (individual) or centrally managed on a license server (named-user). The next subsection describes this distinction.
A floating license seat allows any one user within your organization to be using the software at a given time. Once they have exited the software, the license becomes available for someone else to use. A floating license can thus makes the software available to everyone in your organization, with the restriction being only one person (per license seat) can be using the software concurrently. A floating license requires a centralized license server, and costs about 2.5-times the price of a single-user license.
Centrally Managed Licenses
Named-user and floating licenses utilize a centralized Reprise License Manager. With these licenses, and IT manager within your organization installs and configures a Reprise License Manager (RLM) server on a centralized computer. The IT manager is also in charge of installing the software licenses on that server. For instructions on how to do this, see Configuring an RLM Server.
Analytica end-users within the organization do not need to worry about licenses or activation codes. As an end-user, you simple download and run the Analytica installer, and when asked, enter the name of the RLM server computer. For end-user installation instructions, see How to Install Analytica -- Individual License and How to Install Analytica -- Centrally Managed License.
Many organizations prefer to centrally manage all software licenses, for various reasons. It is very difficult for an organization to keep track of all their software assets when different licenses are spread across lots of different computers in the organization. License servers enable an organization to keep all its licenses in a single location, reducing their risk of inadvertent software piracy, and enabling an organization to monitor how much the software is actually utilized and to adjust their licenses and software expenses accordingly. Use of named-user licenses, rather than individual licenses, also makes it easier for an organization to re-assign a single-user license from one end-user to a different end-user without having to go through Lumina. And centrally managed licenses allow your IT managers to dynamically configure who has access to particular software licenses.
Analytica software licensing uses the Reprise license manager (RLM), by [Reprise Software], which you may also find is used by other software products in your organization.
Determine the Number of Seats
For single-user licenses (individual or named-user), the number of seats required is the number of different people who will make use of the software. Analytica prices are per-seat.
For a floating license, the number of seats determines the maximum number of users that can use be running Analytica at the same time.
You may want to get a combination of editions. In that case, determine how many seats of each edition are required. It is not necessary to count Free 101 instances, since those are always available.
Select the Edition
As the user of Analytica, you must also select which edition to purchase. The prices and a feature-by-feature comparison of the various editions can be found at Compare Model Builder Editions.
If you intend to use Analytica to build your own models, or to change models, then you'll want one of these editions:
- Analytica Professional
- Analytica Enterprise
- Analytica Optimizer
Enterprise includes all capabilities of Professional, and Optimizer includes all features of Enterprise.
For using model that have already been created:
- Analytica (free) Player: Lets users view models, change inputs, and generate results. It does not let them save models with changed inputs for later sessions.
- Analytica Power Player: Lets users also save models with changed inputs for later sessions. It also supports Enterprise features, such as read/write databases, large arrays, and more.
- Analytica Power Player with Optimizer: Extends the Power Player by letting users run models using the Optimizer to solve linear or nonlinear optimization programs.
You may also consider
- Analytica_Cloud_Player (ACP), that lets your end users access and run Analytica models via a web browser, without having to download any software onto their computer. This is a convenient way to make models -- or web applications created in Analytica -- available to many users. ACP runs on its own server and is not necessarily linked to RLM.
Select the Platform
Analytica Enterprise, Optimizer and Power Player are available as either a 32-bit or 64-bit applications.
The 32-bit application can be run on any Windows operating system, with a maximum of 2GB, 3GB or 4GB of memory usage per process (where the cap depends on the particular Windows operating system and its configuration).
Analytica 64-bit breaks through the 4GB limit, utilizing up to your maximum virtual memory limit (usually around 120GB). It is thus useful for evaluating very large models. However, Analytica 64-bit can only be used on 64-bit Windows Operating systems (i.e., XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit, Windows Server 64-bit).
Note: As of Analytica 4.5, all licenses issued allow both 32-bit or 64-bit editions to be run. In rare cases, you may need to use the 32-bit edition when you need to access databases where 64-bit versions of particular ODBC drivers are not available. Note that the 64-bit ODBC Microsoft Office drivers (for Access and Excel) can be obtained by installing Office 64-bit (release 2010 or later).