I consider this to be a double-edged sword. We have all bought software programs that were upgraded shortly after we bought them. I have had six versions of Microsoft office and at least four Adobe suites. Every new version comes with dollar signs.
The Adobe suites were about $1600 each (and you had to buy two different packages to get all the programs) and Adobe has not released a new one for a few years. The Adobe cloud service offers all the Adobe programs for $49 per month (you must make a one-year commitment) and it gets new updates.
Strictly talking dollars the cloud service wins. You can subscribe for more than 5 years before spending the $3200 two suites cost (the suites were updated every year so it was pricey to keep latest versions). So why am I still using version three and version five instead of joining the cloud service?
The other side of the sword. Updates are automatic whether you want them or not. I have had more than one friend tell me that an update has moved the command buttons they frequently use to another location and they have to spend time looking for something that was there yesterday.
Now I am sure major updates on that scale are infrequent, yet they cause me to pause and really question moving to the cloud for this one company’s products. I will switch eventually and if I were starting from scratch I would use their cloud service rather than buy their out-dated version six suites.
Do take some time to look at both the pros and cons of switching to the cloud for software you already own. I do not feel I would get $600 worth of improvements to switch… now. As my business grows (or they add some feature I can not live without) I will consider the change again. Occasionally the cloud is not the right answer.
I have more reasons to consider the cloud coming in future posts.
Until next time…
Have a great day,
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