Expected access / pricing model
Development of a pricing model for the ArenaCore platform is an ongoing exercise but some initial aspects are seen as being the most likely direction to take.
In particular, it is recognised that the value of community interest and involvement is always going to be of critical importance to ArenaCore.
Individual users will not therefore be required to pay license fees to use the platform for fundamental learning and localised product definition / integration extension development purposes.
Building and operating the ArenaCore platform is of course a resource intensive exercise, and so in order to provide an evolving and reliable service across all customer types it will be necessary to charge for use of the platform in an appropriate manner.
ArenaCore is a Software As A Service platform and so a Freemium pricing model is planned such that the above goals can be met.
It is expected that this model will work in harmony with the Open Source involvements that are planned, such that anyone wishing to develop open source integration adapters (for example) for ArenaCore would not be required to pay membership subscription fees in order to do so.
In general, as mentioned above, it is expected that it will be possible to keep the ArenaCore platform available on a free to use basis for those who are learning and/or doing localised product definition development.
It is expected that a fee structure will be put in place for cases including where:
- users wish to make their products and/ or services available to other individuals or organisations on the platform,
- users wish to use the platform for operational management purposes.
Please note it is expected that ArenaCore should remain a very affordable platform, even for individual commercial users, in particular based on relevant volume metrics.
At this stage, few functionality restrictions are in place based on user type. As the journey towards commercialisation proceeds, it will become necessary to add certain capability and capacity limitations (i.e. in keeping with the general thoughts already presented here).
These will be communicated to the community far enough in advance such that members can take any steps required to re-organise affected resources and therefore avoid (or minimise) any impact.
Naturally these are very early days, and there will be nuances that need to be explored further. Comments from the community will be welcomed as things move forward.
Hopefully this type of approach will allow ArenaCore to evolve towards the commercial structure that will be required to support ongoing improvement and growth, while at the same time supporting community users in their involvement with the platform!
Please continue to the Opportunities for involvement section.