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Mac App Store purchases for users
Message from firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to purchase a Mac app for an internal client, but at present this is what I have to do:
1) Get their personal AppleID username and password
2) Delete their credit card info and billing address and put in my university credit card info and billing address
3) Purchase the app
4) Delete my university credit card info and billing address
5) Have the user log in to the Mac App Store and reset their info - then install the app from the Purchased section
6) Get the receipt from the user for credit card reconciliation
There has got to be a better way. We've spent years tying software to computers, not people (people come and go). Lots of our users already have AppleIDs that match their e-mail addresses here (and we can't merge AppleIDs at this point). And of course there's the issue of sales tax (which is why I'm following the convoluted process above).
At the end of the day, the university should really "own" the app (since we're paying for it). But Apple's model is to tie an app to a user. That's certainly a lot easier for the end user - and it allows for home use, too....
Thoughts? I'm getting towards the end of my rope here.
Software Asset Manager
University of St. Thomas********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.