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I still think you have over-stated the degree to which businesses have adopted the Adobe model. The implication of your post was that practically every business is doing this and Adobe is finally getting on board. That's just not the case.
I checked a few of the companies you referenced. At least Autodesk, Matlab, and Xilinx still offer perpetual licenses. Even Altera, which talks about its "subscription licenses" still explains the license like this:
When you purchase a Quartus II software license, the license file supports the version of the Quartus II software you purchase, all previous versions, and all versions released
That is NOT the Adobe model. With the Adobe CC, when you stop paying, you lose access to the software.
SAAS-like models have been around for a while and they have gained steam in the last few years with the likes of salesforce.com, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and Google but many companies are still buying perpetual license software. I would be very surprised if the IT industry as a whole had even surpassed the 50% mark in terms of SAAS vs. perpetual license. I'll have to look up some Gartner reports when I have time.
Even when big business considers using a SAAS model, it does so with caution and skepticism, much like has been expressed here on FM. Companies also negotiate those contracts aggressively because they know:
- a software company moving to that model may be on the ropes in one way or another
- the software company may have a pseudo-monopoly in the space and it will be expensive for them to pull out of the SAAS model once they're in
- the simple comparisons that the software company shows them regarding what they used to pay vs. the SAAS payments are BS
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