What are the main pricing policies for optimization software produced by a small start-up company targeting small-medium enterprises?

Some indicative Use cases:

  • Vehicle Routing.
  • Course/Exam timetabling for Schools, colleges.
  • Employee scheduling

Is there a general guide?

asked 01 May '12, 11:48

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I'm not aware of general guide. For vehicle routing, a pricing per month and per vehicle can be used. In employee scheduling a pricing per month per employee is also used by some companies. The advantage is that your software can be used by small/medium companies at reasonable price. I have no idea for Course/Exam timetabling, but my intuition is that universities doesn't have a lot of money but they have a lot of students ;-) So maybe a license pricing is more often used there.

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answered 02 May '12, 03:15

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Sometimes a mixed strategy is used to foster the use of the system by the client: the OR company requires a minimum price per month, but such price comprises the right of using the system without further costs up to a limit.

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answered 02 May '12, 13:16

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