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Why NODE? Perpetual vs Subscription

Author: Ali Rahmati

Do you remember the last time you purchased a music record? We used to buy music, but now we subscribe to streaming services like Spotify. In the world of software, the subscription model has become increasingly popular, transforming how businesses and individuals access software. But is this trend beneficial for the market, and should businesses always offer a subscription option?

The traditional method of software licensing is the perpetual license model. Customers pay a one-time fee to own a copy of the software indefinitely. This approach comes with a high upfront cost, but you own the license and can better predict the costs. On the other hand, the subscription model is a licensing model where the customer pays a recurring fee to access the software, either monthly, quarterly, or annually, depending on the vendor. 

At first glance, it might seem that buying the software could be more cost-effective than a subscription over a period of time. However, the perpetual license model entitles the software owner to updates and support only for a limited time (usually one year). With a subscription model, automatic updates and even some new features are included in the subscription fee. This means you always have access to the latest version of the software during the entire subscription period. This is especially important in the robotics segment, where due to rapid innovations, technology is improving very quickly. Using the latest version of the software can help you stay ahead of your competitors. 

Another advantage of subscription licensing models is their flexibility. If a customer is not satisfied with the performance of the software, they can cancel the subscription and switch to different products or vendors without a high initial investment. This flexibility puts pressure on software vendors to constantly improve their offering and provide good service to their customers. 

The main difference between these two license types is the ongoing relationship between the customer and the software provider. With a perpetual license, after the initial purchase, the relationship ends or moves to a maintenance contract. With a subscription license, the customer pays monthly or yearly, and the vendor commits to delivering value over time. It’s a give-and-take relationship that requires ongoing commitment from both parties. 

At NODE Robotics, we recognize the advantages of subscription software models and understand at the same time the importance of flexibility in meeting the needs of our customers. That’s why we offer both perpetual and subscription licensing options for NODE.OS, our powerful software suite that upgrades your mobile robots and fleets with cutting-edge, industrial-grade solutions. With perpetual licensing, you have the option of making a one-time purchase and owning the software forever, while with subscription licensing, you can enjoy the benefits of ongoing updates and support. Our high degree of modularity and configurability means that you can choose the licensing model that best suits your business needs, making NODE.OS a one-stop solution for all your robotics applications. 

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