On 6/3/2010 2:39 AM, David FOXWELL wrote:
So, the bulk of us will stay on ADTS with a couple using WDSc V6.1.
What is, the fact that I still have to use WDSc V6 or that the issue of choosing was somehow overcome? Could a deal have been made with our IBM partner so that we could continue as we always have? I was so looking forward to Rdi.
In theory, RDP was advertised as an equal-cost alternative to ADTS.
There's a purchase fee associated with both products, each developer
gets charged for his copy, and the costs are quite similar. Likewise,
there's a per-seat annual maintenance charge, also similar. So on
paper, a given developer gets to choose how to spend his budget: ADTS or
GUI. For 8 developers, the total cost to the company would be the same
no matter how many developers chose SEU or RDP.
In practice, the costs are not the same because IBM chose to give
no-charge licences, called entitlements to companies owning ADTS. The
number of no-charge licences is based on the processor tier, so a P10
gets 8 seats of ADTS at no charge (for the purchase - the company still
pays for the annual maintenance.)
Rational chose not to give entitlements, so a company that wants to
outfit 8 developers with RDP will pay the full purchase price for 8
copies of RDP plus the annual maintenance. The quoted price for RDP at
the time of this note is US$860, which means that if those 8 developers
want to use RDP, the company needs to write a check for US$6880. Of
course, the company doesn't need to spend any money (until the annual
maintenance comes due) if the 8 developers should 'choose' to use ADTS.
That is how it is possible for a company to choose to continue to use
ADTS. It won't cost them additional funds. As for you personally, you
can of course continue to use WDSC 6.0 because it's already paid for and
there's no annual maintenance fee, so you are literally saving the
If there's any way in the world for you to get a copy of WDSC 7, I can't
recommend it enough over V6. Not only are there 4 more years of bug
fixes but it recognises RPG syntax up to IBM I V5R4.
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