By Jason Cole, CEO
If you’ve received a price quote from us, you may have noticed we price our offerings different from many of our competitors. Rather than charging a flat fee per user, we price our offerings based on the number of people using the system at the same time (concurrent users).
Most LMS providers charge by the user which makes it easy to do the accounting – simply add up all the user accounts, multiply by the price per user and voila… your annual fee. The problem with this approach is it doesn’t matter how much someone uses the system.
With concurrent user pricing, we’ve aligned our pricing with how much your LMS is actually used. We don’t care if you have 100 users or 100,000 – its the number of people using the system that matters to you and to us. Some examples from our clients include:
- A government agency needs to deliver a few hours of refresher training to 100,000 users shouldn’t need to buy an expensive license for each person.
- Schools shouldn’t have to worry about buying a license for every teacher and student when they don’t know how many classes will have an online component.
- College admins need to be able to load every teacher, student and administrator into the system and not worry that they are wasting money on licenses they won’t use.
- A company wants to keep users in the system for years, to ensure they have active training records – and be able to immediately re-activate a user if needed.
So we chose to take the road less traveled and set our pricing based on how much our clients actually use the system.
So we defined concurrent users as the number of Moodle log entries generated per minute. We think this is a good measure of how many people are using the system at any one time. If someone downloads a PDF, it generates a log entry. If someone else is taking a quiz at the same time, then Moodle will generate some more log entries for them. If only 50 people are on at the same time, you only pay for 50 users – it doesn’t matter how many people have logins.
Loading people into a database is easy, but it doesn’t help anyone learn. Using the system by downloading materials, participating in activities and taking assessments helps people learn. Why should we charge you for loading user names into a database?