It sounds like you're still thinking of my other post but I don't mean
it like that. I don't know what practice causes this but systems are
almost never sold with complete software and new software cost dwarfs
the used hardware cost as far as I can tell.
Based on what I found out which is admittedly just guessing:
But you can buy a bare 520 for maybe $1500 or less even. Sometimes
sellers throw in the OS sometimes they don't. There doesn't seem to be
any rhyme or reason to it. You would think a system bundled with
software would cost $11,000 if that's what it's worth. Can the license
be sold independently? So knowing these things if I were to be in IT
procurement I would think you might as well just buy the new hardware
since it's going to perform better and only be marginally more expensive
due to the high software cost. Therefore the used market is well..
worthless. That is unless I'm wrong and new hardware can't be had for
less than $30,000 or so. I can't imagine that to be the case but again
on the outside I have to guess.
.... But since you want to go into my other post, I don't really
understand IBM's motivation. In theory they are helping persuade people
to buy new hardware and get old hardware out of circulation. In
practice they are pushing people away from the platform. If someone
doesn't want to upgrade the old AS/400 in the back room, they aren't
going to. If someone can't buy used hardware they have to move
platforms to try to conserve costs. It sounds expensive until you
realize the talent pool is much bigger, younger, and cheaper on other
platforms. Would you put your entire business into something a
relatively small number of people 5 years from retirement know and
barely anybody under 30 has exposure to? Maybe executives can't think
10 years ahead anymore?
You can sing the praises of the system all you want but I think from a
more practical perspective IBM is collectively a bunch of idiots. They
destroyed OS/2, who is to say they can't do it again.
On 9/11/2012 3:19 PM, DrFranken wrote:
Do you keep the key to your house under the mat and the one to your car
above the visor? Seriously IBM keeps a grip on keys and software
because they invest a phenomenal amount of money writing and maintaining
it and giving it away doesn't do anything for their bottom line. Would I
like to see better deals, lower prices, or developer license pricing?
Sure I would but poking IBM for keeping control of what is theirs
doesn't get us there. Oh and if you think IBM is tough try getting keys
for most of the ERP and other LOB software! IBM is positively
overflowing with grace compared to most of these companies!