“Using software without a fit and proper license is theft.”
You wouldn’t steal a car or a van or tools to use in your business so why would you ever consider knowingly using unlicensed or incorrectly licensed software, just as much cost and end effort has been expended by software companies in creating and maintaining software as in producing a physical tool. The software you use is a fundamental tool for your business, making it easier and more efficient to operate. Misuse can often result in large unexpected bills from the software companies once they discover you have used their licenses inappropriately. They may more easily monitor your software use the more often you use the software.
“You’ve paid for it once when you bought your last desktop, surely now you can buy another and simply move your software.”
Well no actually, this doesn’t always apply and nowadays applies less often than you may think.
Companies such as Microsoft sell OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) licences, which approved distributors can supply ready loaded on equipment such as desktops and laptops BUT are only for use on those particular devices and cannot be transferred to replacement or secondary devices. This often includes the Microsoft Operating System e.g. Windows 7 and the Microsoft Office Suite e.g. Outlook, MS Word, Excel etc. In those circumstances the single device is licensed and not the named user.
So when buying a replacement device if that does not include new OEM licences the individual or business will need to purchase the licences again. They cannot transfer them from the previous device. Also if the individual or business requires the latest software release then a FULL new license will need to be purchased not an upgrade from the old to the new release.
This also means that accidental damage, loss or device failure outside of the warranty will often result in an unbudgeted and expensive replacement.
In addition if the individual or business wishes to upgrade to a new release of software whilst using the old device they frequently find that the device is not capable of supporting that new software in a usable manner and therefore are forced to upgrade the device AND the software together.
THE ZYPHA DIFFERENCE
Zypha provide a virtual desktop which can be accessed from ANY device from any internet connection by the individual or business. The individual is licensed and therefore can move from device to device without the need to pay for additional licences or upgrades. The Zypha solution includes all software upgrades within the service contract at no additional cost and as your devices can be obtained from Zypha on a rental basis then you never experience unbudgeted or unplanned capital expenditure. EVER.