On 3/8/2017 1:27 PM, Greg Wilburn wrote:
I completely disagree... SEU is NOT a fully functional editor.

No, SEU is like Notepad. I used SEU the first year it was released, and
it has /always/ been like Notepad. RDi is the fully functional editor
that IBM provide.

We are a small shop... so buying one or two licenses is not that big of a deal. But it was a substantial cost that we were not expecting.

My boss made me wait for the next budget cycle, but then paid for a seat
for each developer.

So if RDi is basically required, why isn't it included with the application programs?

Imagine that you work for the New York State Department of Motor
Vehicles. Your team are responsible for deploying more than a hundred
Power systems which run software developed by your group. Not one of
those systems has a compiler or an editor - you send your code via
SAVLIB and install it via RSTLIB. Should your group pay the cost of the
compiler and IDE for those hundred systems? Or just on the single
central system where developers actually develop software?

That's my understanding of why IBM unbundled the cost of RDi.
In the days of yore, we paid one big number and got the OS, the
compilers, PDM/SEU, DFU/QRY, etc, etc - literally everything was one
price. That price was a Big Number, and customers wanted to know
exactly what they were getting, so IBM started breaking out the various
line items and here we are.

Client Access is included.... it's not required for the operating system,

It's included for a per-user fee, exactly as RDi is. Exactly as the RPG
compiler is. WRKLICINF and see for yourself.

but who wants the machine w/out access via a PC?

NYS DMV offices which use a browser to access the application?


I'm not here to argue with you, or to try to tell you that you're wrong.
You aren't wrong. If you feel that the RDi fee is exorbitant, then it
is. For you.

I personally feel differently, and make every effort to pitch the value
proposition to my boss, her boss, /her/ boss, and to my colleagues.
Historically, this list has a tendency to vent about price, except when
WDSC was bundled, then we vented about marketing. Sometimes (like now)
I feel compelled to publicly state that I for one think I'm getting my
money's worth.


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