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SPSS Software Information
SUNY/ITEC's SPSS Information Page

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Do we really need to distinguish between Administrative and Teaching Research usage?

2. Is ITEC going to run two license servers?

3. What should we do if we have a campus agreement currently in place that does not expire until after the July 1st license term start date of the university-wide license agreement?

4. How was the cost per license determined?

5. What is covered under the University-wide concurrent license? What do we do if we want additional modules?

6. Will one license be sufficient per user or is the agreement one license per machine?

7. How is ITEC going to individually meter/prevent the campuses from over-subscribing?

8. Does the University-wide agreement cover home usage? Does it have to be installed on SUNY-owned equipment?

9. Can this be installed on student laptops?

10. What is the disposition regarding how the license and software will be distributed or handled?

11. What other options do campuses have in addition to the University-wide license?

12. Will there be on training on the IBM SPSS offerings?

13. Who needs to sign a PIA agreement?

14. How will we pay for our campus costs? When will the payment be needed?

15. What is the Academic Certification for Educations Program (ACE)?

16. What is the Mining in Academia Program (MAP).

17. Is Amos part of the Faculty Pack?

18. Is Answer Tree Available?

19. How to check out an SPSS commuter license to use while away from the network?

20. I cannot obtain an SPSS license over our campus wireless network. Why?


SUNY SPSS site license answers

1. Do we really need to distinguish between Administrative and Teaching & Research usage?

Users should be broken down by administrative/academic users, if possible.

2. Is ITEC going to run two license servers?

Currently, ITEC plans to run one server.

3. What should we do if we have a campus agreement currently in place that does not expire until after the July 1st license term start date of the university-wide license agreement?

You should continue your campus agreement until it expires and then migrate over to the university-wide agreement. Your first year cost will be prorated from the date you sign up until the end of the first year. At the beginning of the next fiscal year you will need to sign a new PIA agreement. This will be requested in the April/May timeframe since SUNY has a requirement to provide IBM license quantities 30 days prior in advance of the start of the fiscal year. However, we are requiring campuses to consolidate their acquisitions.

4. How was the cost per license determined?

This is the annual cost that IBM charges for first 1500 concurrent licenses (initial planned purchase amount) plus the administrative costs for ITEC to manage the license server (server, infrastructure, etc.), provide compliance reporting to IBM and provide support to campuses. All campuses will be charged the same amount throughout the year and if more than the 1500 licenses are acquired, adjustments will be made.

5. What is covered under the University-wide concurrent license? What do we do if we want additional modules?

The licensed products include: IBM SPSS Statistics Base, Statistics Advanced, Regression, Custom Tables, Forecasting and Categories. If you participate in the university-wide license you will receive all six models. If you need additional modules, your campus must purchase them individually directly from IBM through the SUNY agreement.

6. Will one license be sufficient per user or is the agreement one license per machine?

This is a concurrent license model, so the software can be installed on multiple machines but only the total number of licensed copies may be active at any one time from the license manager server.

7. How is ITEC going to individually meter/prevent the campuses from over-subscribing?

To be determined. Working with IBM to determine license monitoring method.

8. Does the University-wide agreement cover home usage? Does it have to be installed on SUNY-owned equipment?

The university-wide agreement does cover home usage, but users will need to connect to the license manager. A true stand alone license for a faculty member would require the acquisition of a Faculty Pack. Campuses can also reserve a concurrent license; however, this may cost more than acquiring a Faculty Pack.Under the university-wide agreement, the license does not have to be installed on SUNY-owned equipment.

9. Can this be installed on student laptops?

Instructions being worked out with IBM.

10. What is the disposition regarding how the license and software will be distributed or handled?

The software and code to use the software will be provided to your campus via ITEC. The ITEC server will manage the license usage. The concurrent licenses will be shared by all. Using the concurrent license model keeps the overall per-campus cost down.

11. What other options do campuses have in addition to the University-wide license?

Other Options offered by IBM through this contract:

Academic Authorized User (Various options/modules)
Academic Concurrent User (Various options/modules)
Campus Value (Various options/modules)

All of these will be offered to campuses by IBM at standard academic pricing which is discounted from commercial and government pricing. However, the University-wide concurrent license is discounted at a higher level than the standard academic discount.

Also available are:

Faculty Pack (Various options/configurations)
Grad Pack (Various options/configurations)

12. Will there be on training on the IBM SPSS offerings?

SPSS training programs for SUNY SPSS users via online, self led, on-site, public may be offered through the SUNY CPD Technical Programs.

13. Who needs to sign a PIA agreement?

Any campus wishing to participate in the University-wide agreement for IBM SPSS products must sign the campus PIA agreement each year indicating the number of concurrent licenses needed and the current campus contract.

14. How will we pay for our campus costs? When will the payment be needed?

Annually each campus will be required to submit the total amount due based on the amount of licenses requested. State operated institutions will pay via the recharge process and community colleges will be billed. Payment will be due in June/July each year or at the time of licensing or when campus increases its usage.

15. What is the Academic Certification for Educations Program (ACE)?

Under the university-wide agreement campuses will be eligible to participate in the ACE program. The program lets prospective employers know that SUNY students have what it takes when it comes to analytical aptitude (certification in IBM SPSS Statistics). IBM supplements the certification costs for students, underwriting 50% of the associated third party fee, from $199 to $99, and provides free certification testing to the campus faculty designate associated with the ACE program.

16. What is the Mining in Academia Program (MAP)

Under the university-wide agreement campuses will be eligible to participate in the MAP. MAP provides an annual campus-wide license to Modeler Premium (i.e. data mining & text analytics) at no cost for use in teaching, learning and non-commercial research. This product allows users to build predictive models easily, efficiently and rapidly. Contact Zach Ferwerda at IBM (zpferwer@us.ibm.com, Tel: 312.651.3609) who will step you through the participation process.

17. Is Amos part of the Faculty Pack?

Amos is part of the Faculty Pack, correct. Amos is not part of the SUNY contract yet.

18. Is Answer Tree Available?

AnswerTree was discontinued but Decision Trees took its place. They are almost identical in capabilities.

19. How to check out an SPSS commuter license to use while away from the network?

To check out a license, choose SPSS Commuter License from the application program group. Next, highlight the desired module(s), enter the desired interval, and click the "Check Out" button. You will be able to utilize the checked out modules while disconnected from the network.

When a license is checked out, a red checkmark appears next to the feature and the number of available licenses is decremented accordingly. If an additional SPSS module is checked out without the Base module, Base is automatically checked out with the additional module.

When you are ready to return the license, connect the portable computer to the network, select the checked out module(s), and click "Check In". Alternatively, you can allow the interval to lapse and the licenses will be automatically returned to the license commuter pool.

20. I cannot obtain an SPSS license over our campus wireless network. Why?

Some campuses have security on their wireless networks that prevent obtaining a license. Check with your networking team to see if this is true for you.

 

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