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A user who has encountered an error, bug, or requires technical guidance as they attempt to deliver a data solution wants to know what type of support is available to them. 
 

Resolution


Varigence offers two types of paid support: Support, Maintenance, and Upgrades (SMU) and Remote Consulting Hours. 

Both support options are described below. Knowing what your support covers, and where coverage ends, is important to making sure you and your team have the right support structure in place. 


Option 1: Support, Maintenance, and Upgrades

Support, Maintenance, and Upgrades (SMU) entitles the user to:
  • direct customer support through Varigence
  • maintenance of product related bugs, as they relate to any user-specific projects or solutions
  • official updates and patches to either BimlStudio or BimlFlex
Customer support offered through SMU includes, but is not limited to: review of project metadata, review of BimlStudio projects to determine faulty code generation, software related issues, as well as eventual bug fixes provided in future updates. 

All of the above benefits are available to the user so long as their SMU contract remains valid. 

SMU is monitored internally. If support is requested for a user who does not have an active contract for SMU, unfortunately, support will be delayed until their SMU is renewed. Similarly, if any update is released for BimlStudio or BimlFlex and the user does not have active SMU, that new update will not be available to install. 


Obtaining Support, Maintenance, and Upgrades 

A contract for SMU is included with many different product types from the moment of purchase. Any Varigence subscription-based model includes SMU, regardless of whether the subscription frequency is monthly, annual, or prepaid. A contract for SMU will remain valid for as long as the subscription does. This requires no action from the purchaser or user to activate. 

BimlStudio, the only Varigence product available to be purchased with a perpetual license (unending) includes one free year of SMU from the date of purchase.


Additional SMU Coverage Options 

One single year of SMU retails for $999.75. Additional years of SMU can be purchased upfront at a discount. One additional year of SMU is available for a 15% discount (for a total of two years) and two additional years of SMU is available for a 20% discount (for a total of three years). 




Expired SMU can always be renewed. Expired SMU must be purchased from the date of expiration to be brought up-to-date, rather than only purchased "when needed." 

Example: 

A BimlStudio perpetual license, with one free year of SMU was purchased on 2019-01-01. 
The license remains valid forever, but the SMU contract expires on 2020-01-01. 

On 2021-06-01, the organization wishes to renew their SMU in order to obtain the newest update for BimlStudio. 

SMU will need to be purchased for the period of time between 2020-01-01 to 2021-06-01, as well as however far into the future the organization decides to purchase. 


Option 2: Remote Consulting Hours 

Remote Consulting Hours are utilized as more direct and guided learning sessions, as opposed to SMU's focus on general product support. Services offered with Remote Consulting Hours include, but are not limited to: 1-on-1 support calls, metadata modelling assistance, custom Extension Point development, and user/application training sessions. 

Due to the specific nature of this service, Remote Consulting Hours are not included with subscriptions nor as an ongoing form of support. 

Note: Remote Consulting Hours do not provide congruent benefits as SMU.

Example: 

A user does not have a valid contract for SMU but does have available Remote Consulting Hours.
In a Remote Consult session, a defect is identified in the code/product. To resolve this, the bug will need to be fixed and patched in a future update. 
Despite the issue being realized during a Remote Consult session, the user will need to renew their SMU contract to be able to install the update with their fix. 


Obtaining Remote Consulting Hours 

Remote Consulting Hours can be purchased by reaching out to sales@varigence.com directly.

This service is only sold in increments of 10 hours, with time subtracted in 15 minute (.25 hour) increments. These hours do not expire and can be left to be used when needed. 


Additional Questions 

For any additional questions regarding SMU contracts and/or Remote Consulting Hours, please do not hesitate to contact us at support@varigence.com. We will be happy to walk you through the process of what support may be needed for any given situation.  

Additional Resources

Please reference the following Knowledge Base articles for additional support assistance: