You probably hear and read a lot about “Flexible Licensing Models” and it shows where the industry is headed. Perpetual licensing, albeit it might still exist for a long time, is declining. Producers are moving towards recurring and more flexible revenue models and enterprises often prefer Opex vs. Capex expenditure and want to ensure they only pay what they use. Flexible Licensing Models Dissected Flexible means more adaptable to what customers really use, be it time, features, throughput or other metrics. IDC’s Future Scape: Worldwide Software Business Models and Monetization 2017 Predictions provides a good overview on where the industry is today and where it might or might not be in a few years.