Buck said:
"Is it possible that all those people who got all those CDs in those big
boxes of software just stuffed them in the Circular File?"

Actually, that may have been one of the reasons why WDSc did not gain wider acceptance years ago, (when it was free).

Unless Developers were already aware of the tooling and hassled the Sysadmin folk, the DVD's would have just languished in the box. I did come across this. The situation was exacerbated in some shops because the Sysadmin/support team were in a different location (country?) to the Dev team. Outsourcing of systems only complicated matters, (no chance of seeing the DVD's). However, today I cannot imagine there are many (IBM i) developers who haven't by now at least heard of RDi, even if they've never seen it. Nowadays, it's not difficult to download and try for 60-days.

I insist on using RDi on all training that I deliver, even if it is only for the trial period. I have only ever encountered a positive reaction from delegates who have the opportunity to try it out. The problem is carrying the enthusiasm forward and convincing the budget-holders to cough up for full licences. For many, the cost is the show-stopper.

(Apologies for raking over the same old argument.)

I understand IBM will never suddenly slash the price to an affordable level, (e.g. by 2/3rds). There'd be a backlash from sites who have already paid top dollar. However, I'm sure generous trade-ins for ADTS licences would help a lot. My understanding is the trade-in deal is in the form of a discount, rather than a 1-for-1 swap. Can anyone clarify this? I'm told the terms are not as generous as they used to be - but I have no update to date information.

Brian.

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