Sorry if this isn't the place for this, but does anyone else think that the AEC community needs push back against the 300% price increase built into the subscription licensing model that we are all being forced to migrate to over the next couple of years?
a) Revit development has virtually stalled. What are we getting for our money (nothing)? There's more value in 3rd party add-ins.
b) Autodesk is changing the rules, effectively saying that our perpetual licenses have no value.
c) A 300% price increase is impossible to justify from any perspective other than pure greed.
d) For my firm (under 100 staff), this will add up to and additional $122,000 per year in licensing costs. So much for bonuses.
What can we do?:
1- Drop maintenance on all but one license to retain support access.
2- Coast for a year or two on the current version that you are running. You'll need the money you save to pay for subscription eventually.
3- Convert perpetual licenses only as absolutely needed for projects requiring the latest version.
4- When forced to convert to subscription, drop as many seats as you can.
5- Bill the clients for software subscriptions (including Adobe, Bluebeam, Sketchup, Maxwell, A360, C4R).
6- Suck it up and start charging a more realistic fees for our services (15%)
Collective action in one direction or another is needed. We're being squeezed to death, no?