Technology has given us already many different benefits. These benefits come in different shapes, apps and ways of using. In the world of car manufacturing there are many developments already in place. The part that technology plays is getting bigger by the day. Easy examples and assumed normal such as cruise control, air conditioning, climate control or connecting devices to your car are more common than ever before. These examples are already taken into the next level. But how is this working with software. Is there a possibility to use Adaptive Software Control for example?
Adaptive Software Control
Do you like your adaptive cruise control in your car? Well think of such possibility in the world of software. Imagine the fact that your ERP Solution is making the adaptions to your user licenses based on your current employees and their roles. This would give an enormous boost towards transparency around license models of software vendors. A kind of adaptive software license control if you ask me.
Such an example is not a challenge for software vendors actually. New employees are administrated in the HR module of the ERP solution and are therefore know in the system. Distributing an user license towards this person can be automated from the moment that they are active. The financial conclusions are clear on both sides. The customer knows how many licenses have active duty and the software vendor knows the amount of active users and can anticipate on this fact. Financially there will be no discussion about the amounts on the invoice.
“Outperforming the real definition of pay per use.” by Rick Buijserd
I think that the current license models are getting more future proof every day. Turning away from big investments into subscription is still an on going process for many vendors. These steps are complex but they are necessary to adapt to change. Is the method I mention above the next phase? Well it might be. Technology gives us the possibility to do so however it is often protectionism and people that hold back these changes.