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More Keyless Options for IBM SPSS Modeler

By Ted Fischer posted Tue February 06, 2018 03:56 PM

Last year we announced some significant improvements to license key center that impact all IBM SPSS Modeler and IBM SPSS Statistics customers. These improvements make the license key center easier to use and navigate. Still there is often a challenge that the person who can access the license key center is not the same person who uses IBM SPSS Modeler. If a person needs to move computers often that requires submitting a support ticket which caused a delay. Also the process of getting a key does require time and effort -- and your time is valuable.

For a few years, we have provided authorized customers of Modeler Gold -- our highest level of Modeler -- a "keyless" version of IBM SPSS Modeler that can be installed without any key. I am announcing that as of today we are now extending this to keyless capability to authorized users of perpetual licenses IBM SPSS Modeler Professional and IBM SPSS Modeler Premium. Holders of these types of licenses who now will be downloading versions 18.1 and 18.1.1 will get a version that does not require keys. If you have already downloaded versions 18.1 and 18.1.1 there is no need to re-download and re-install.

If you have Modeler Professional or Premium authorized licenses, you will need to ensure you only have the correct number of people using the software (Note that even with keys this is something the customer is responsible for ensuring compliance since the license key mechanism was not designed to ensure compliance with IBM license terms).

As a part of this change, we are enabling SQL optimization for Modeler Professional and Premium licenses.

We are only enabling keyless Modeler only the circumstances listed above. In the following situations customers will still need a license key

-- Using a concurrent license. Our license manager requires a license key in order to determine how many licenses are available.
-- Term based or monthly licensing
-- Academic licensing
-- Users of version 18.0 and before
-- Modeler Personal
-- Modeler Subscription although that uses IBM ID instead of a license key

If you have any issues, please submit a support ticket. I am interested in your feedback. Feel free to leave any comments below.

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Tue October 09, 2018 02:39 PM

For Modular versions below v18 are you required to have active S&S in order to obtain the licence key each year when you have a perpetual licence? We have IBM SPSS Modeler Professional Concurrent User (D0EN7LL) deployed which we bought in 2013 and are confused on whether we are required generate a new licence key each year.