The question I posted is about fulfilling a short-term need at your workplace, for a small team or a special project (or a big project were you need to hire contract workers) or remote workers etc., the scenarios are endless: would you lease INVENTOR if you could to fulfill that need? 30-60-90-120-150-180 days for a fraction of the cost of a full license etc.
It's nothing to do with you giving up your licenses or "cloud computing". Since "cloud computing" is not here yet (as far as our CAD workload day-by-day goes), and all controlled-demos at trade shows aside, I was not going to go there or bring it up. But since you all did, the idea with that is you no longer are tied or have to deal with Microsoft or buy a new PC every X-years (or deal with Apple, or any other "OS manufacturer). You just need a webbrowser, touchscreen and/or mouse/pen/whatever and you work on files that reside elsewhere on someone else' drives and OS. WebBrowser could be on any device. Any Device.
File access, storage, copyright, ownership, intellectual propoerty and all the other side discussions aside of course, the real big hurdles to "cloud computing" and anyone with even the slightest concern about their hard work.
To the original question then "Would you lease INVENTOR if you could?" my answer would be yes and I think most companies would as well. I say this because I believe that for most of us our work load fluctuates. As an example we have four seats of product design suite but only two are full time. So for us we would already be taking advantage of leasing if it were available today.
Sometimes you just need a good old reboot.
Among some of the reasons already listed, I think the lease concept is a great way to have an extended test period with the program before making the decision to purchase.
Adobe has started a leasing program for its products. It's called the Adobe Creative Cloud. I started a lease last month and so far I am loving it. I could definitely see major software developers moving in this direction.
Off Topic- Ampster, I am huge DT fan. I am currently reading through the series again. Wizard and Glass is by far my favorite.
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