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Mar 10, 2017 - 07:54 AM
My company has also invested substantially with various Autodesk products such as Inventor, AutoCAD, PNID, CFD Simulation, Building Design Suites & Factory Design Suites etc. to name a few. What concerns me is the fact that we have purchased these perpetual licenses several years ago and I’m not willing to give them up for subscription based licenses.
The subscription model is very appealing for the first few years however, do the math, after year 3 and beyond, the subscription license(s) actually become more costly than purchasing a perpetual license to begin with and paying for annual software maintenance.
My other concern with subscription licensing is if you do not renew the license before it expires, the software will stop working. I really have mixed feelings about it due to the fact, my company cannot always upgrade right away to a newer version due to other system integrations.
In fact, we were still using AutoCAD 2012 last fall and could only upgrade to AutoCAD 2015 a few months ago due to a PLM integration constraint. With the release of 2017, the perpetual network license files we are currently using will support current version 2017, plus 3 previous versions back to 2014. We will most likely remain on v2015 for a few more years.
From my company’s perspective, we will decide when to upgrade software, not Autodesk dictating that we must have to upgrade after the software version being used is no longer supported. Having perpetual licenses allows us to make the decision when to plan upgrades and there are no worries about the network licenses expiring.
Another huge drawback to subscription licensing is that companies will no longer be able to negotiate prices with Autodesk, pay-up or the software license stops working! I would consider the subscription model as not allowing a choice in the matter, as prices will continue to increase once they have you locked-in.