To help organizations meet the growing demand from their customers and
constituents for services via the Internet, Novell has launched a software
pricing program that makes such services more affordable by tailoring pricing to
the type of end-user.
Now, in addition to traditional pricing for an organization’s employee
users, Novell offers significantly discounted ‘Business-to-Consumer’ and
‘Government-to-Citizen’ user license pricing.
Novell’s pricing program creates two new categories of discounted user
licenses to make affordable Web services available to very large user
communities. While Novell’s standard user license remains the license for
employees and suppliers, the Business-to-Consumer user license price is only 25
percent of the standard user license and the Government-to-Citizen user license
is only 10 percent of the standard price. For all three categories, Novell
charges based on the number of individual users of a software service, not the
number of computing devices connected to the network.
Novell’s approach avoids the steep license penalties assessed by some other
major vendors when they require a license for each computer or PDA used to
access a software service.
Novell’s new license pricing will help organizations reduce costs and give
them significant competitive value in the markets they serve. The
Business-to-Consumer and Government-to-Citizen licenses will make it easier for
businesses and government agencies to provide customers and citizens with secure
access to services and information such as bank accounts or government records.
“Expensive software licensing models have prevented organizations from
affordably extending services to customers across the Web,” said Chris Stone,
Vice Chairman, Office of the CEO, Novell. “Novell is changing this by
providing a significant opportunity for businesses who are offering customers
software services over the Internet and to government agencies who offer such
services to citizens. Other major vendors have licensing plans that make
Internet solutions impractical because license fees are the same for both
employee and customer use of a software service, despite vastly different levels
of usage and benefits,” he added.
Cyber News Service