|Date: ||Tue, 28 Jan 2003 16:45:21 +0100|
|Reply-To: ||Jim Groeneveld <J.Groeneveld@ITGROUPS.COM>|
|Sender: ||"SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Jim Groeneveld <J.Groeneveld@ITGROUPS.COM>|
|Subject: ||Re: SAS Pricing ?|
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I think you have a crucial point. I do not know about Oracle, but Clintrial
3.x (on VAX/VMS) and 4.x (on Windows) also keep running without paying an
annual maintenance fee. The price for that one for Clintrial was 20% per
year of the purchasing price, i.e. additional to it, thus after 5 years the
total price has been paid twice! Maintenance involved free updates and
unlimited telephone or email support. But one could decide to stop paying
the maintenance fee and (legally) continue running what one already had
running. And the purchasing prices depend(ed) on the modules selected and
the number of them to use.
But since 2002 the purchasing prices and maintenance fees have been changed
into annual license fees for new contracts which are obligatory if one want
to keep using the software. The license fee is 50% of the original
purchasing price per year, so in 4 years one already would have paid for the
software twice. I don't know whether the software currently would stop if
not paying the licenses, but it now (with new contracts of course) would be
illegal to do so if at all possible.
I also would like some more variation in the contracts possible, e.g.
choosing between buying or licensing (leasing) (for e.g. 10 to 25% of the
purchasing price), various quantities of update policies (free updates, new
versions), various quantities of helpdesk support, training, etc. However, I
would expect it to be rather expensive all the way. The only cheap new
software developments are the ones just started, still incomplete and
unreliable; once these reach the quantitative and qualitative level of the
renown software, they also are assigned their financial value [:-(. In
relation to that I would welcome an official (cheap or free) policy for home
copies (next to installations at work) for professional work (working with
either one). And I do appreciate the LE version, though I would like to use
it legally in preparation for professional work.
I think a rather good example of a very good software package for a very
reasonable (purchasing) price is DBMS/copy (with its additional statistical
features, DBMS/analyst) before it was taken over by SAS. Now is has been
partially stripped for still the same or comparable price (as far as I
know). One could remain using the package both legally and reliable for many
decades provided supported hardware and OS. Conceptually it would be more
than sufficient for many applications.
Regards - Jim.
Y. (Jim) Groeneveld, MSc IMRO TRAMARKO tel. +31 412 407 070
senior statist./data man. P.O. Box 1 fax. +31 412 407 080
J.Groeneveld@ITGroups.com 5350 AA BERGHEM, NL www.imrotramarko.com
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