2019-Apr-24

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SOLIDWORKS Offers Three-Month and One-Year Licensing

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PeterRucinski

The software industry has had its eyes on Adobe, which abruptly and radically changed its pricing from perpetual to term licensing in 2013.

Many users were outraged. Revenue took a hit. It took over two years for the revenue to climb back up to perpetual licensing days but after weathering the storm, Adobe has enjoyed 8 straight quarters of increasing revenue, breaking previous revenue records.

The CAD software industry has lagged behind other software categories that have, for the most part, already adopted term pricing. Onshape, a relatively recently started CAD company and an industry media darling, offers only SaaS pricing—no perpetual license. Founded by the same team that created SOLIDWORKS, Onshape has taken as its inspiration Salesforce.com, which revolutionized and overtook contact management/sales and was the first to be hugely successful with the SaaS model.

"But there can be problems with CAD-in-a-browser," says Peter Rucinski, SOLIDWORKS Director of Product Portfolio Management. “What happens to your intellectual property, all your CAD models, when you stop paying the monthly fee?” 

Sure, they'll give you your data in an industry file standard like STEP or IGES.

The software industry has had its eyes on Adobe, which abruptly and radically changed its pricing from perpetual to term licensing in 2013. Many users were outraged. Revenue took a hit. It took over two years for the revenue to climb back up to perpetual licensing days but after weathering the storm, Adobe has enjoyed 8 straight quarters of increasing revenue, breaking previous revenue records.

The CAD software industry has lagged behind other software categories that have, for the most part, already adopted term pricing. Onshape, a relatively recently started CAD company and an industry media darling, offers only SaaS pricing—no perpetual license. Founded by the same team that created SOLIDWORKS, Onshape has taken as its inspiration Salesforce.com, which revolutionized and overtook contact management/sales and was the first to be hugely successful with the SaaS model.

"But there can be problems with CAD-in-a-browser," says Peter Rucinski, SOLIDWORKS Director of Product Portfolio Management. “What happens to your intellectual property, all your CAD models, when you stop paying the monthly fee?” 

Sure, they'll give you your data in an industry file standard like STEP or IGES.

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