In a 2015 interview with StudioDaily, Autodesk Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy and Marketing Andrew Anagnost said, "If you're not a cloud company in five years, you're not a software company in five years."
His statement highlights the direction Autodesk believes the wider software industry - not just 2D and 3D CAD - is heading. Across a number of industries, organisations are increasingly adopting subscription-based pricing.
With this model becoming more commonplace, organisations can better afford quality CAD software, rather than settle for inferior free or budget options. There are a broad range of low cost CAD, free and cheap CAD packages out there you might be using, including SketchUp, ProgeCAD, BricsCAD, DesignCAD 3D Max, NanoCAD, GStarCAD or IronCAD. With subscription based pricing from Autodesk, you may be able to upgrade to a higher quality software with affordable pricing.
Let's take a look at three benefits to subscription based pricing for your CAD software.
1. Lower cost of entry
Back when Autodesk offered perpetual software licenses, the upfront cost was too expensive for many organisations, particularly SMEs. While large enterprises can make significant software purchases without drying up their cash flow, smaller businesses don't have the ability to make such large capital expenditures without putting the business at risk.
With subscription pricing, software expenses are spread out more evenly over a selected period of time. As such, organisations can opt for previously unaffordable software without placing an undue burden on cash flow.
2. Greater scalability
Flexibility is a key consideration, especially for growing startups. Expansion can lead to complications with software, as additional licenses must be purchased to accommodate new team members - whether on a permanent or temporary basis.
In a subscription based pricing model, organisations can easily scale up to outfit a larger workforce. This is particularly useful for businesses relying on contract employees, as a subscription can be terminated once a project has been completed. Ending a subscription like that removes the problem of continuing to pay for additional licenses after the need has passed. After all, growth is important, but so is being able to downscale activity when necessary.
Redstack customers can easily manage their subscriptions through our Client Portal.
3. Less maintenance
Quality CAD software is constantly being updated to ensure maximum performance and functionality. With a subscription-pricing model, organisations can rest easy knowing they always have the most recent version - and they cut down on the time and effort they previously had to spend on updating to the latest edition and ensuring everyone on a team received the update.
This also ensures organisations have access to support when they need it. Because updates are streamlined, companies and support teams don't have to navigate any inconsistencies between different versions of the software.
Thanks to subscription pricing, even small businesses can now afford high quality CAD software for 2D and 3D design, like AutoCAD LT, Revit LT, Inventor LT, Fusion 360 and FormIt 360. Contact us for more information or visit the Redstack online store to browse our full range of CAD software options.