On 30/01/2018 21:40, Buck Calabro wrote:
The day RDi moves to à la carte pricing is the day several someones'
bosses start asking someone to do more with less in order to save a few
dollars. 10 dollars a seat for coding templates? Put your so-called
templates in a source member for all developers to use, including the
SEU ones - problem solved, money saved! Lather, rinse, repeat, and the
boss is saving Real Money before you know it.

Saving those dollars on our side of the glass necessarily means the Lab
gets fewer dollars. Given the à la carte concept, it's not like they
can stop developing/maintaining any of the things listed above, so
follow the declining revenue and say goodbye, farewell, aufwiedersehen,
good night to future enhancements.

It was good while it lasted.

Or, an alternative view.

RDi Lite attracts many newcomers to the fold, those otherwise denied by money-saving bosses. (These folk already do more with less.)

So, RDi gets a foot-hold and gradually erodes SEU/PDM usage. Once the productivity benefits have been demonstrated, the developers argue for the real benefits that RDi Premium offers.

It just gets better and better! (Especially if IBM offers an upgrade discount from Lite to Premium.)

ASIDE: RDi has been around a few years now. I suspect the major development investment for the product has been recouped and the support team in Rational is much smaller these days. It's possible that new licences are now returning a significant profit, such that a price drop could be economically viable. (Of course, with no real competition, IBM can charge what it likes for RDi.) Then again, I'm probably completely off-target!

I have no wish to raise temperatures, just airing some idle thoughts amongst friends. We're all passionate advocates here!


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