When Subscription Licensing Reigns Supreme
March 10, 2016
When it comes to investing in software, having options is a good thing. Purchasing software today is a lot different than it was a few years back, as now businesses have the option to buy a perpetual license or go the subscription route. While both have their merits, the question of whether subscription or perpetual works better for you involves much more than going with what’s trending.
Office 365 is a prime example of why a subscription is a good investment versus buying a perpetual license for your workforce. The experts at the Cirrious Cloud Sense blog have broken down the many benefits of an Office 365 jump, noting first and foremost that flexibility and IT cost savings as the initial advantage.
The characteristics of subscription appeal to customers in companies of all sizes, whether you’re an SMB or a larger enterprise. On the small business front, the investment of a perpetual license might be out of the budget bounds, so a subscription makes sense in terms of the bottom line. This model also appeals to larger firms that would prefer to purchase their software in a different way. Applications that are well-suited for subscription include those that are updated on a frequent basis with enhancements that are meaningful to most customers.
According to Cirrious Cloud Sense, the control that comes with an Office 365 subscription are unmatched, and if that weren’t attractive enough, many find that no longer having to worry about upgrades, updates, and capacity are worth the investment simply because it alleviates IT expenditures.
License management is another key advantage of moving toward an Office 365 subscription. On the customer end, the change in licensing requirements is beneficial as it lowers the overall cost of software because it helps to eliminate illegitimate uses of the service.
Flexibility is perhaps the most influential on any company’s bottom line. With subscription pricing, costs normally fluctuate fluidly with employee count. As new employees are hired, the finance department can predict exactly how much they will cost. And when employees leave, subscriptions can be discontinued and cost reduced. The need to overbuy to account for fluctuations or predicted growth no longer exists.
Office 365 grants you access to the entire Office suite — online, on your desktop, and on your mobile devices. If you store your files in the cloud, you’ll always be able to access and work with your documents, regardless of location. In an era where distributed workforces are becoming the norm, this is a boon to productivity and efficiency.
The move to subscription licensing has changed the way we use and need software. The benefits are plenty, as vendors, IT, and end users are nearly universal winners.
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