It's time to update the enterprise software licensee bill of rights

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With the market now in favour of the enterprise software licensee, its now time to update the Enterprise Software Licensee's Bill of Rights to include newer topics such as virtualisation, SaaS and subscription pricing, newer usage based pricing models, open source, and vendor lock-in avoidance.

As mentioned in a call to action in a December 2008 Monday's Musings, this groundbreaking report, originally published in December 2006, will be updated to reflect current market conditions. The goal - improve this reusable contract negotiation model that cuts across the 5 key phases of the software ownership life cycle:

  1. Selection
  2. Implementation
  3. Utilisation
  4. Maintenance
  5. Retirement

An Enterprise Software Licensee's Bill Of Rights Gives Users A Platform to Build a Win-Win Client Vendor Relationship.

Your POV So based on some key market changes, here's my challenge to you.

  1. What rights should be added?
  2. What rights should be updated?
  3. What rights should be retired?

Take the new poll on what rights should be included in the 2009 Enterprise Software Licensee Bill of Rights or send me a private email to rwang at forrester dot com. Posts are preferred! For every good idea or comment, whether or not we use your idea, we'll send you a copy of the final report.

Let's put the collective wisdom of the web to work and help our end user clients create a fair win-win playing field with the vendors. We'll be publishing the official update in Q2 2009. Thanks and look forward to your input!

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