For most businesses, the purchase of software - especially robust software that is central to business operations - is a big expense. Once that software is purchased, we tend to look at the software maintenance contract in the same way we might consider a warranty for a television. Is it really needed? Is the price justified? Unlike a television warranty, software support packages are typically billed annually by the manufacturer or support provider. When considering whether a software maintenance package is really necessary, it's important to evaluate its impact. Let's take a look at a few considerations.