Following are a few examples of real life SaaS business models. Current as of 2017-10.
OnShape: Annual subscription
As of March 2019: OnShape.com, a cloud mechanical CAD provider and competitor to Solidworks, starts at $1500 per user per year. There was a modest price increase from 2017 to 2019.
Solidworks: Choice of one time fee versus annual subscription
Onshape competes head to head with Solidworks, which is a desktop app for mechical CAD. As of March 2019, the Solidworks automatic quoting feature on their app provides a quote for Solidworks Standard at either $3995 one-time cost per named license, or $1295 per user per year. This ratio is not uncommon - subscription version will end up costing more money than the installed app if you keep it for a few years - but in that time frame the installed app will have gone obsolete.
That's one way to help customers who are used to one kind of pricing transition to another kind of pricing. "your software would be obsolete by the time you end up paying more via subscription anyways - and you get instant upgrades and you don't have to worry about maintenance in the cloud! What a GREAT deal!"
Atlassian Jira cloud: Metered by user count
As of March 2019: Atlassian Jira Cloud pricing is metered by user count with floor. They used to do ranges, now it’s metered by user. These prices have stayed the same from 2017 to 2019 with the exception that the enterprise direct sales model now starts at 5000 users instead of 2000 in 2017.
- <10 users: $10 per month flat rate. This is a nomimal fee. Self service
- 10-100: $7 per user per month
- 100-5000: Sliding scale that goes down for cost per user per month with increasing user count - capping out at $1.1 per user per month
- 5000+: Call them
Gerber Technology: Metered by user count with volume discount as well as discount for longer term subscriptions with upsell option for additional module
As of March 2019: Gerber Technology's YuniquePLM Cloud has the following pricing model. These prices have stayed the same from 2017 to 2019.
- 3 months: 1-10 - $126; 11-50 - $112
- 6 months: 1-10 - $121; 11-50 - $106
- 12 months: 1-10 - $116; 11-50 - $101
- Not clear what the upsell option costs
Salesforce: Pricing tiers based on functionality:
No scaling by user count, but different pricing tier based on functionality / modules. These prices have stayed the same from 2017 to 2019.
- Starter: $25/user/m
- Professional $75/user/m
- Enterprise (“Most popular”) $150/user/m
- Unlimited $300/user/m