+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Posts
    747

    Certifications
    CCNA R&S, Security+, Network+, Linux+, Linux Essentials
    #1

    Default Tired of software programs constantly going the subscription route

    I just need to vent. I’m just tired of companies trying to shove subscription based software down my throat.

    I get it, software costs money to maintain. I also get that apparently subscription services are a good way for companies to increase their revenue. I just don’t think companies understand, or more likely don’t care, that I don’t want every single piece of software I use to be subscription based.

    I don’t want to pay 10 subscriptions each month even if individually each one costs less than $10. Let me buy the software outright and run it into the ground until your new software version actually has a new feature I’m willing to pay for a new software version to get.

    Not to mention that I really don’t want my data stored in your “cloud” because let’s face it companies are always going to skimp on security and QA in favor of getting their new features out the door or because why should they pay for a programmer to work on those things when they can be working on bells and whistles. Afterall, it’s not like anything is going to happen to them if they suffer a security breach that compromises millions of people’s information. I’m not a programmer or coder, but I’ve rubbed shoulders with a few and technical debt is a real thing.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  2. SS
  3. Senior Member yoba222's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    710

    Certifications
    CySA+, LFCS, GCIH, eJPT, CCNA, CAPM, CompTIA Trifecta
    #2
    I hate this. I don't participate personally, but my data is out there without my consent regardless. I don't think there's much I can do about its apparent success though. I can't stand the fact that LinkedIn is now tied into Office365 somehow, for example, but what alternatives are there?
    2018: CCNA Cyber Ops cohort 7
    2019: OSCP | CISSP or CISA
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  4. Senior Member scaredoftests's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    behind you!
    Posts
    2,297

    Certifications
    ACAS,Comp TIA Security +, Novell CNE, HDI Customer Service, ITIL Foundation, MTA
    #3
    Agreed. There are some things that I would rather keep on my own little laptop. LOL
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  5. Senior Member Phalanx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    318
    #4
    Worth checking back on these kinds of things after May 25th this year. GDPR is kicking in and a lot of companies (both in and out of the EEA) are going to be affected on the data they hold on people.
    Data Privacy & Project/Service Management: PECB GDPR DPO/Practitioner | ITIL 2011: Foundation
    Client & Security:
    MCSE: Mobility | MCSA: Windows 10 | MCITP: Windows 7
    Server & Networking:
    MCSA: Windows Server 2016 | MTA: Networking FundamentalsCurrently Studying: Project+
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  6. Senior Member scaredoftests's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    behind you!
    Posts
    2,297

    Certifications
    ACAS,Comp TIA Security +, Novell CNE, HDI Customer Service, ITIL Foundation, MTA
    #5
    GDPR?
    What is that?
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  7. Senior Member Phalanx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    318
    #6
    Only the largest data privacy law ever in human history. I'm actually training as the Data Protection Officer for my company on it. It effectively regulates the collection, use and dissemination of personal data of anybody who was profiled within the EU, regardless of where they are originally from (so even US citizens on holiday, for example). And it affects anyone who wants to do business with the EU.
    Data Privacy & Project/Service Management: PECB GDPR DPO/Practitioner | ITIL 2011: Foundation
    Client & Security:
    MCSE: Mobility | MCSA: Windows 10 | MCITP: Windows 7
    Server & Networking:
    MCSA: Windows Server 2016 | MTA: Networking FundamentalsCurrently Studying: Project+
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  8. Senior Member scaredoftests's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    behind you!
    Posts
    2,297

    Certifications
    ACAS,Comp TIA Security +, Novell CNE, HDI Customer Service, ITIL Foundation, MTA
    #7
    Just for the EU?
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  9. Senior Member Phalanx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    318
    #8
    It's for any business that trades in, with or through the EU.
    Data Privacy & Project/Service Management: PECB GDPR DPO/Practitioner | ITIL 2011: Foundation
    Client & Security:
    MCSE: Mobility | MCSA: Windows 10 | MCITP: Windows 7
    Server & Networking:
    MCSA: Windows Server 2016 | MTA: Networking FundamentalsCurrently Studying: Project+
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  10. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Quebec, Canada
    Posts
    506

    Certifications
    A+, Network+, Linux+, HP APS, VCP 3-4-5-6, VSP,VTSP, SSCP, Veeam VMCE, CISSP
    #9
    For now it is mostly EU, but everyone who trade with EU or affiliate company will be affected. Also, it will give idea to other goverment to ask for this kind of law.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  11. Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Posts
    1,893
    #10
    Keeps share holders happy, consistent stream of revenue.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  12. Completely Clueless TechGromit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Ontario, NY
    Posts
    1,617

    Certifications
    A+, Network +, Sanity+ (Revoked), GSEC, GCIH, GREM
    #11
    Quote Originally Posted by thomas_ View Post
    I just need to vent. I’m just tired of companies trying to shove subscription based software down my throat.
    Are you referring to your companies software or personal? If you referring to personal software, I still run Microsoft Office 2003 for all my Word and Excel needs. Lets be honest, there hasn't been any significant upgrades to these programs in the last 15 years. Sure they move some icons around, add a few features that 99% of users never use and slap a new label on the it (Office 2007, 2010, 2012 etc), but eccentrically they are all the same. There no reason you have to run out and get the latest version just because some ad says you do.

    As for the cloud, while it may sense for small companies to go to the cloud, I firmly believe in the long run, it's going to cost more for larger organizations to have there data on the cloud. Lets face it, these cloud hosting companies want to make a profit, sure they can offer low introductory rates to get you to switch your data from your servers to there's, but once they have control of your data, in a few years, they will increase the costs of there services to make up for the low rates they offered in the beginning. It's not like they pay significantly less for servers than you do. So long as your fully utilizing your servers with VM's, I fail to see how they are going to be able to host your applications for less and turn a profit than you can yourself.
    Still searching for the corner in a round room.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  13. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Posts
    217

    Certifications
    AS in IT, A+, Network+, Security+
    #12
    I'm not sure how much of a choice there is either way in a business environment. A one-time purchase of a software license is (to me) prohibitively expensive when I'm looking at $300 for a recent copy of Adobe Acrobat. And yet the software is going to start running into compatibility issues in a couple of years anyway if someone sends you a PDF in a new format while you're still running Adobe from a couple years ago.

    Obviously in a home environment you could find a cheaper alternative, but businesses do tend to stick with familiar brands in order to keep things standardized, predictable, and eligible for MSP support.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  14. Certification Invigilator Forum Admin JDMurray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Surf City USA
    Posts
    10,690
    Blog Entries
    50

    Certifications
    CISSP, SSCP, CEH (revoked), GSEC, EnCE, CASP, CCNA, CCENT, CWSP, CWNA, CWTS, Security+, Server+, Network+, A+, DHTI+, PDI+, MSIT InfoSec
    #13
    Time to give up Windows and move to Linux and only using Open Source software, or will you save more money not needing to fight compatibility issues by just paying the closed-source subscription fees?
    Moderator of the InfoSec, CWNP, IT Jobs, Virtualization, Java, and Microsoft Developers forums at www.techexams.net
    --
    Blog: www.techexams.net/blogs/jdmurray
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jamesdmurray
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/jdmurray
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  15. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Posts
    217

    Certifications
    AS in IT, A+, Network+, Security+
    #14
    I'd be more concerned about the time/cost of training a bunch of users who've never touched Linux in their entire lives how to suddenly use them in any competent fashion.

    Also never encountered a Linux system 3 weeks into my job at an MSP, so it might be an adventure in and of itself trying to support it.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

+ Reply to Thread

Social Networking & Bookmarks