The price is right: License models in low-code development

The price is right: License models in low-code development
The price is right: License models in low-code development

Your IT team struggles to cope with a backlog and fails to deliver on time as a result? Then it can definitely benefit from low code. Once you have decided to adopt low code to supplement your existing IT capabilities, you need to consider what the decisive factor is before you actually purchase a solution. There are several, in fact, and the pricing and licensing model is one of them.


Don’t pay through the nose

A vendor with an inflexible licensing model doesn’t encourage you to use their solution and so you’re well advised to continue looking for the right provider. Most low-code development platforms are priced on a recurring basis, i.e. during the entire period the service is provided, but they differ in what they charge their fees for. They may charge based on a combination of the number of end users, the number of applications and/or the number of developers. How they base their pricing can have a significant impact on your total cost.

Suppose you’re tired of searching for a vendor and decide on one with a license model described above. What then? Well, depending on the size of your project, you may quickly find yourself staring a hefty sum in the face. If you’re on a tight budget, this potentially means limiting the number of users even when more users might be more efficient, or making some other compromises. And compromises during the development process tend to eventually translate into a delayed product roll-out or restricted functionality. So you’ve ended up paying a lot for a solution that may not fully meet your needs.


Beyond price

Imagine you own a car manufacturing plant. When you bought the shearing machine, you paid for it – once. You don’t have to pay over and over again whenever a new worker uses it to cut a sheet of metal; you would have gone out of business long ago if you did. Why should it be any different for low-code platforms?

A service with a fair pricing model allows you to make as many applications as you want, which you can then distribute to any number of users at no extra cost. Indeed, in our experience, many clients try low code for just one project or with only a single solution in mind, but they soon realize low-code platforms have so many benefits that more and more use cases emerge. The fair pricing model makes this affordable.

Speaking of fairness, we at SIB Visions believe that charging customers per end user of the applications they build is neither fair nor sensible because it’s disadvantageous to companies, especially to the ones that operate on a limited budget. Why penalize them for wanting to grow their business? On the contrary, let them make the most of their apps, without having to juggle end users. This even makes customer-facing applications more affordable: because they tend to have a larger user base, they can become quite expensive really quickly if they are priced per the number of users. So, VisionX, our low-code development platform, saves you money while helping you grow.

Like most low-code platforms, VisionX is licensed via a subscription model with monthly subscriptions. Since we see it as a development platform, we price it per developer – just like any classic development platform does – and the number of end users and apps you can make with it are unlimited. But it’s about more than just pricing.

The value of what you’re getting is equally important, perhaps even more so. VisionX generates standard Java code, which you own and can use forever since the apps you build run on any cloud or on-premises infrastructure, independent of VisionX. You can take your code and use it elsewhere, whenever you want. It’s only fair, isn’t it?


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