In the recent past, there have been several initiatives by major software companies, such as Microsoft, to lead the industry towards electronic software distribution. In this paper, we use a monopoly pricing model to examine the optimal pricing strategies for ‘selling’ and ‘pay-per-use’ licensing of packaged software over the Internet. Traditionally, software distribution included outright sale as well as short/long term renting. With the Internet fast becoming a prevalent mode for disseminating sol^are, a customer can download and use sol^are on a need-by-need basis. For the sol^are vendor, offering the pay-per-use option to the consumer provides for a steady source of revenue and obviates the need for physical distribution, purchasing and inventory management mishaps. We examine the following issues in this paper: (i) what are the extra benefits to the sof^are vendor for providing the pay-per-use option?; and (ii) does the market size change? The contribution of this paper is to show that pay-per-use is a viable alternative for a large number of customers, and that judicious pricing for pay-per-use is profitable for the software vendor.
- Information systems
- Software dissemination
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Management Information Systems
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research