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SaaS effective subscriptions by activeness measurement methods

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Publication Date: 2014-Oct-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

Software as a service (SaaS) is a software delivery and licensing model based on subscription basis. The advantage of such approach is to lower initial cost, get high adoption, and have seamless integration and painless upgrades. The popularity of SaaS solutions is increasing because of the lower software deployment and maintenance costs without expenses related to keeping own infrastructure. SaaS providers generally price applications using a subscription fee, most commonly a monthly fee or an annual fee. The subscription fee is limited to licensing per number of subscriptions, not usage based. Each subscription is separately charged despite of effective usage of each subscription. SaaS subscription fee limitation can be addressed with SaaS software instrumentation which reports effective software usage based on activeness measurement methods. In this publication we utilize the fact that each SaaS solution can report its usage based on effective interactions with end users within requested subscription.

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SaaS effective subscriptions by activeness measurement methods

Software as a service (SaaS) is a software delivery and licensing model based on subscription basis. The advantage of such approach is to lower initial cost, get high adoption, and have seamless integration and painless upgrades. The popularity of SaaS solutions is increasing because of the lower software deployment and maintenance costs without expenses related to keeping own infrastructure.

SaaS providers generally price applications using a subscription fee, most commonly a monthly fee or an annual fee. The subscription fee is limited to licensing per number of subscriptions, not usage based. Each subscription is separately charged despite of effective usage of each subscription. SaaS subscription fee limitation can be addressed

with SaaS software instrumentation which reports effective software usage based on activeness measurement methods. In this publication we utilize the fact that each SaaS solution can report its usage based on effective interactions with end users within requested subscription.

Described is software instrumentation and framework for accurate license usage measurement.

Typical scenario of SaaS charging works in following manner:

1. End user requests SaaS software (i.e. text editor) for one subscriber for a month

2. Over subscription period, end user has SaaS software ready for usage 3. Despite of effective usage, end user is charged per subscription 4. After a month, end user extends subscription for the next month or resigns from usage of the service.

New scenario with proposed SaaS effective software usage subscription:

1. End user requests SaaS software for one subscriber for effective amount of time needed for work (i.e. a month) with one of activeness measurement methods (i.e. time spent over active application UI, volume of processed data etc.)

• End user is able to customize measurement method and define own activeness measurement method based on available usage metrics

2. SaaS software is instrumented to collect and report effective usage to centralized SaaS licensing module

3. Collected usage implies effective usage (i.e. user spent 3 hours actively using software or processed 500MB of data)

4. SaaS licensing module collects such data and aggregates effective usage of subscription

5. SaaS licensing module reports to end user effective usage of a subscription 6. When all usage subscription is consumed by effective work, end user exte...