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Beyond Software Architecture: Creating and Sustaining Winning Solutions by Luke Hohmann

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Chapter 4. Business and License Model Symbiosis

Your business model is the manner in which you charge customers for your products or services—the way you make money. Associated with every software business model is a license model, which is made up of the terms and conditions (or rights and restrictions) that you grant to a user and/or customer of your software as defined by your business model.

The symbiosis between these models is reflected in how easily we have created shorthand terms that describe them both in the same phrase. “An annual license for 10 concurrent users with the right to receive upgrades and bug fixes” is both a business model based on metered access to the software (by concurrent user) and a license model that defines some ...

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