deanchampeau

Migrating to FLT

Discussion created by deanchampeau on Mar 2, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 6, 2017 by amysink

We're being "encouraged" to move to FLT licensing, where the basis for pricing is user count rather than the number of concurrent connections. That's arguably a great way to go, and apparently it's industry-standard. Nevertheless, it is pretty jarring for me, who has always enjoyed the flexibility of the concurrent-connection model. As I understand it, if we upgrade our contract with FMI under the CC model, we can lock in that pricing model for another 3 years. But after that, it sounds like FLT is going to be the only option. My FMI rep didn't say this explicitly, but that's how I interpret things.

 

Anyway, even though change is rough (for me at least), I'm trying to embrace the idea of FLT. But FMI could make it easier for people like me to get behind the change if they did some things that added value to the user "object". The first thing that comes to mind is giving FileMaker Server the ability to run reports on users that shows statistics about login time, the number of commits, the number of visited layouts, that sort of thing. A report like this would allow developers to see what users are truly active and maybe phase out users that are not very active, making room for new users that truly use the solutions. That's just an idea that comes to mind. I'm sure you wizards could come up with a ton of other ideas for making the user-based pricing model more compelling.

 

Any thoughts?

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