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The BiZZdesign licensing system distinguishes different types of seats. A seat is related to a user's role in HoriZZon, which determines the user's permissions in HoriZZon, the Team Server administration pages in HoriZZon, and Enterprise Studio. 

  • Design seat: A Design seat is taken if a user has the Lead Designer or Designer role.
  • Contribute seat: A Contribute seat is taken if a user has the Contributor role, but does not have the Lead Designer or Designer role.
  • Consume seat: A Consume seat is taken if a user only has the Consumer role.

Users with only the Administrator or System Administrator role do not take a seat, and are therefor excluded from the license count.


A Design seat automatically comes with a Contribute seat and a Consume seat, meaning that a user with a Design seat is also assigned the roles related to the Contribute seat (Contributor) and Consume seat (Consumer), in addition to the Designer or Lead Designer role. Only the highest seat (Design seat) will be taken.

A Contribute seat automatically comes with a Consume seat, meaning that a user with a Contribute seat is not only assigned the role related to the Contribute seat (Contributor) but also the role related to the Consume seat (Consumer). Only the highest seat (Contribute seat) will be taken.


An example. Purchasing the following number of types of seats will effectively give your organization the following number of seats:

If you purchaseYou will effectively have available

10 Design seats

10 users who can design, contribute and consume

Totally allowing 10 roles to 10 users (admin users excluded)

10 Design seats + 100 Contribute seats

10 users who can design, contribute and consume

100 user who can contribute and consume

Totally allowing 110 roles to 110 users (admin users excluded)

10 Design seats + 100 Contribute seats + 1000 Consume seats

10 users who can design, contribute and consume

100 user who can contribute and consume

1000 users who can consume

Totally allowing 1110 roles to 1110 users (admin users excluded)


You can view your license details at the Team Server license settings. Sign in to the Team Server as a System Administrator user, and click Settings > License.

Transferability of seats

Seats are transferable between users, but within the boundaries of your license, meaning that the numbers of the different types of seats in the license cannot be exceeded. Basically, transfering seats is only possible if the target type of seat is available.

If you are working with the BiZZdesign cloud solution, or have an Enterprise license agreement for your on-premise solution, the Team Server license settings page only shows the amount of license seats taken, not the license seat limits. The transferability mechanism as explained below does apply, but the limitations do not. Your license seat information will look similar to the following:



The transferability is clarified by a few examples. In the examples, any admin users are not taken into account because they are not included in the seat count. For the examples the following license configuration is used:

  • 1 Design seat
  • 2 Contribute seats
  • 4 Consume seats

Example 1

Your current user configuration includes 5 users (of possible 7) who take the following seats:

  • User A: Design seat
  • User B: Contribute seat
  • User C: Contribute seat
  • User D: Consume seat
  • User E: Consume seat 

The license information on your license settings page would look as shown below. As you can see, your license is not yet fully used. You still have 2 Consume seats left that can be assigned.



Say that you want to transfer the Contribute seat from user C to user D who currently takes a Consume seat. To do this you would need to deactivate the Contributor role from user C and then activate this role for user D. In the process of doing so the seat occupancy changes: the moment you deactivate the Contributor role from user C, the seat this user takes changes from Contribute to Consume, effectively meaning the following:



As you can see, the number of Consume seats has been increased with 1, and the number of taken Contribute seats has been reduced with 1. You can also see that the seats are still not fully used. The (temporary) increase of Consume seats still fits your license seats, so no problems there.  When subsequently activating the Contribute role for user D, the seat occupancy changes back to its original occupancy as shown in the first image because user D now takes take a Contribute seat.

Example 2

You are still using the seat configuration from example 1. Now, if you would want to transfer the Design seat from user A to user B who currently takes a Contribute seat, it would not be possible. The license does not allow the seat space needed for transferring. When deactivating the Designer role from user A, the seat this user takes changes from Design to Contribute, resulting in the following seat occupancy:



Since User A is now taking a Contribute seat, this transfer exceeds the software license since there were no free Contribute seats available, as can be seen in the above image. Also, a message will be shown at the top of the window indicating that the maximum number of users has been exceeded. You initially have 14 days to resolve the seat shortage, either by reassiging seats or by extending your software license.