When choosing a licensing option, perhaps the most-important factor to consider is what is available. As the subscription economy, cloud computing and SaaS continue to grow, perpetual licensing options are becoming less readily available. As such, subscription licensing may be the only option for certain software types.
When perpetual licensing options are available and there is a choice to be made between a subscription option and purchasing the software via a perpetual pay model, the decision should be based upon needs and resources.
Organisations that need continued support and ongoing maintenance at no additional charge may wish to choose a subscription model. Likewise, those that aren’t likely to continue to need to use the software for longer than a few years may prefer the lower monthly or annual payments rather than having to make a larger purchase upfront.
On the other hand, businesses that can afford the initial cost and plan on using the software for an extended amount of time may find that a perpetual licence is a better investment. These businesses will need to be capable of handling their own software maintenance and repairs.