Subscription

Convenience and security are advantages of subscription software

The evolution of software has accelerated tremendously in recent years, particularly as cloud-based solutions have gained popularity. Given the reliability and convenience, cloud-based software has become the norm for both business and personal applications.

This shift from boxed products to software-as-a-service (SaaS) has changed how software is purchased, delivered, and updated. As the value of subscriptions becomes more apparent, that licensing model is becoming the standard for modern software solutions.

Subscriptions vs Perpetual Licenses

Everyone knows that change can be difficult. From minor things like always eating the same food to serious examples like staying at a bad job, our comfort zone makes it difficult to try new things – even when we know the change will be good for us in the long run.

The same is true in the software industry, where companies increasingly are replacing the one-time-purchase license for their product with cloud-based subscriptions. And while some customers might prefer buying a box and keeping the installation CD on the shelf, the benefits users gain from subscriptions are driving the subscription revolution. 

We thought we’d take a look at the differences between traditional one-time purchases (called perpetual licenses) and subscriptions, so you can decide which approach fits your company’s needs when looking at a solution.

Subscription


Subscription is a convenient method of receiving regular updates, products or services. Pioneered by the news industry hundreds of years ago, this business model stood the test of time. Throughout the years, happy customers enjoyed regular services by subscribing to news, magazines, CDs, wine, and even opera tickets. And then came the cloud. The cloud made complex IT easy and affordable, also thanks to the familiar subscription model of service delivery.