That was the argument for WSCDi back in the day. Bundle it and they will
use it. Very few of us did. Now that RDi has its own revenue stream,
development on the product has increased exponentially and along with it,
usage.

RDi has a model that is roughly based on the system with concurrent user
pricing if you purchase the correct license. If that works for you go for
it. It does not work for most shops.

My main thing is system programming so I remain in CL 90% of the time with
the balance being in SQL (and I do it badly I might add). Most of my RPG is
from code published in articles (thanks Scott and Carsten!) so I don't do
much there. I started using Code/400 and it's successors a long time ago.
I still use RDi (and pay for it) because even for the little bit
(comparatively to all of you) that I do, it's far more productive than SEU.

In the end it's about revenue to IBM. In order for the product to survive,
it needs money. I don't disagree with the Lite version, but earlier
comments have hit the nail on the head. If 80% of what I use is in the Lite
version, why buy the full version? I'll just find another way to do the 20%
I don't get. That equals significant revenue loss for IBM and a reduction
in the development pace. Now that IBM outsourced the development to Help
Systems I wait to find out how that will work, and what happens to pricing.
I'm not optimistic.


--
Jim Oberholtzer
Agile Technology Architects


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 9:07 PM
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Jim,

That's why I mentioned bundling it with the development tools. That's
licensed to the system, not by user. The number of installs (probably the
vast majority of systems sold) would more than pay for RDi development and
support.

-mark

On 1/30/2018 12:45 PM, Jim Oberholtzer wrote:
Mark,

I understand the sentiment, however that ship sailed a long time ago.
Each of the IBM products has to stand on its own financially now, so
bundling the RDi into the complier would not fit the new economic
model. I would not look for IBM to move that direction ever again.

Furthermore assuming P level tiered pricing, the P10 compiler (most
of the machines out there) is user based now, so let's say IBM does
bundle the RDi in with the compiler. Many of you (maybe most) have a
compiler license for
3 to 5 compilers, meaning concurrent compile operations. RDi would
bump the cost way too high since now you have to buy a compiler license
for each
developer, instead of all of them sharing a small number of them. Even
if IBM splits the difference with you and charges $500 for the RDi and
then the extra cost of the compiler (ILE btw, the OPM compiler would
be much
more) would become very prohibitive.

Remember IBM does not make much money on the hardware. It's now all
the software where the revenue is.

--
Jim Oberholtzer
Agile Technology Architects


-----Original Message-----
From: WDSCI-L [mailto:wdsci-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
mlazarus
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:14 AM
To: Rational Developer for IBM i / Websphere Development Studio Client
for System i& iSeries<wdsci-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [WDSCI-L] Software fixes for older releases

Jim, Brian,

I would much rather that IBM nominally bumps the compiler or WDS
bundle price (maybe by $100?) for everyone and includes RDi as part of
either of those (most likely it would be WDS).

-mark

On 1/30/2018 9:43 AM, Jim Oberholtzer wrote:

Just to play devil's advocate for a moment:

There are at least two great open source editors out there. Orion
which is free (5733-OPS) and Liam Allan has published his version
called

ILEditor.

See: http://worksofbarry.com/ileditor

So now the question: Do you want IBM spending time/money on a lite
version of RDi, taking away resources from the full RDi product, or
would you like them to concentrate solely on the full RDi product and
allow the open source community to develop your lite versions?

I vote open source.

--
Jim Oberholtzer
Agile Technology Architects


-----Original Message-----
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Brian Parkins
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 7:54 AM
To: Rational Developer for IBM i / Websphere Development Studio Client
for System i& iSeries<wdsci-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [WDSCI-L] Software fixes for older releases




There is an request (RFE) for an RDi-Lite version which would be
free or at least much cheaper. It's status is currently "Under
Consideration." So at least IBM is thinking about it.

You can add your vote at:

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rfe/execute?use_case=viewRfe&CR_ID
=
1
08558

developerWorks requires an IBM ID for which registration is free.

Michael Quigley
Computer Services
The Way International


Thx for highlighting this RFE - it has my vote!

Brian.



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