If you’ve taken my advice from the Software Licensing Handbook and included maintenance fee cap language that ties any increase in fees to the Consumer Price Index or x%, “whichever is less”, well, you might be in for a treat! Depending on the index you chose, and the time schedule for it (whether you chose an all-year average, or the average as of a given date for the prior twelve month period), there’s a chance that your CPI number is going to be a negative number.
Yup, that’s right, you might have a built-in maintenance fee decreasing mechanism in your contract. Now, you only have to go find it and find your CPI number. Oh, and it might also be the time to hope that you have a contract management system and that this is one of the data points you’re tracking.