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Pervasive Software Launches Pervasive UseaBiLLity

Pervasive Software® Inc. (NASDAQ: PVSW), a global leader in cloud-based and on-premises data innovation, today announced Pervasive UseaBiLLity™, a cloud-based data metering service for MySQL applications. By instrumenting MySQL for data metering without requiring any code development, Pervasive UseaBiLLity offers SaaS vendors unprecedented access to data about how an application is being used.

Depending on the goal of data metering, Pervasive UseaBiLLity can be set up with a simple metering profile for subscriber billing or a more detailed set of profiles for analytics. Because Pervasive UseaBiLLity lets users map database events to application features and then report each instance of actions such as create, insert, update and delete, SaaS vendors can get great insight into which features are being used, by whom, when and how often.

“Usage-based billing services and provisioning usage analytics input as a service will be an important feature of the next-generation software-driven and service-oriented businesses, who should welcome Pervasive’s innovative approach,” said David Norfolk, practice leader development and governance at Bloor Research. “We hope this will serve as a model for businesses generally.”

Data metering in MySQL applications provides a real opportunity for ISVs seeking to deliver capabilities in a SaaS option. Some of the use cases may include:

  • Price Modeling – Pervasive UseaBiLLity can be set up as a background process for an existing customer case, tracking detailed usage or activity information over time, so that pricing and revenue modeling is based on data, not just guesswork.
  • Infrastructure Planning – Over time, combining Pervasive UseaBiLLity’s application usage tracking and database resource activity with subscriber profile information can help SaaS vendors develop a clear picture of infrastructure requirements. This enables an optimized plan for delivering just the right amount of SaaS infrastructure to meet SLA and operation requirements of a growing or evolving subscriber base.
  • Application Design and Support – Pervasive UseaBiLLity offers software vendors a way to collect detailed application feature usage from each user. For existing applications, data metering can provide definitive information about which features of an application are being used the most, providing clear guidance on where to focus engineering, marketing, sales, and application feature and support resources.

Meter and Measure Service, then Bill

With Pervasive UseaBiLLity, service providers are able to measure how services are used. Paired with TRACT®, the all-in-one activity-based billing and subscription management platform from Transverse, metered activity data can be monetized and billed. This presents a complete solution for service providers looking to more accurately measure and bill for offerings. “For vendors launching hosted offerings, establishing how to measure and bill for those services can pose daunting technical challenges and slow time to market,” said Geoff Coleman, vice president of Product Strategy and Product Marketing at Transverse. “With Pervasive UseaBiLLity, ISVs can rapidly transform their MySQL-based applications into SaaS offerings with flexible, smart pricing based on measurable business activities.”

“The MySQL ISV base has an enormous opportunity to evolve and capture new markets through SaaS offerings,” said Gilbert Van Cutsem, general manager of Pervasive Database Products. “Pervasive UseaBiLLity not only enables ISVs to rapidly SaaS-ify their applications, but also opens up new doors with activity-based analytics that can help drive competitive advantage.”

For more information about Pervasive UseaBiLLity, and to access an interactive demo, please visit http://useabillity.pervasive.com/.

Learn how Transverse’s TRACT billing can help your business at http://www.gotransverse.com.

About Pervasive Software

Pervasive is a global data innovation leader, delivering software to manage, integrate and analyze data, in the cloud or on-premises, throughout the entire data lifecycle. Pervasive products deliver value to tens of thousands of customers worldwide, often embedded within partners’ software, with breakthrough performance, flexibility, reliability and return on investment. For additional information, go to www.pervasive.com.

Cautionary Statement

This release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based upon information available to Pervasive as of the date hereof, and Pervasive assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.

All Pervasive brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pervasive Software Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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