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  • Subscription?! Very concerned

    I was just about to start developing an Alpha Five database for a client but upon seeing this fundamental change in the pricing model I don't know if I will still use alpha five.

    v11 is likely sufficient for our needs and we'll be very happy with it. However, I worry about how long it will be supported. I'd like to think I could upgrade from it to a similar system for many years to come. But if we're going to be forced into a subscription system where my client doesn't have control over his database... I may have to go with an open source solution.

    I really don't want to do this... I was very excited about using Alpha Five and this is going to cause all sorts of havoc with my client. The whole project is going to get terminated.

    Please help me understand why this isn't a deal breaker.

    We had chosen Alpha Five in large part because the license gave us control over the database going forward with no weird DRM or licensing gimmicks that could force us to upgrade before we were ready. It seems like AS is making their licensing more like their competitors but their old licensing was a BIG reason we were going to choose them.

    Please. Am I freaking out about nothing or is this sinking feeling in the pit of my gut justified? I was more then happy to shell out for the complete license package. Developer, run time, server, all the addons, the books, the works. But what am I buying? Why would I invest my time and my client's money in this system if its being completely changed to something unrecognizable? I feel like I'd be wasting my time and doing my client a disservice. I can't in good conscience do this to them.

    Please tell me there is some other licensing agreement that is a one off fee. We're willing to pay a reasonable fee for a great software package. But we do not want to RENT your software. We want to BUY it. If you're not selling to SELL we won't buy.

    Help me out here.

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    Re: Subscription?! Very concerned

    Ah... Sorry, I didn't read through the full pricing sheet. Your initial graph really should include all the options rather then burying the perpetual license at the bottom. You guys gave me a heart attack.

    Can I get some break down on how this scales? There are pricing tiers and I think my client sadly falls slightly in between them.

    What I'd like is a 4 core perpetual license with all the bells and whistles for about 7 concurrent users. Looking at the price sheet, it seems to jump from 700 USD for 5 concurrent users to 1900 for unlimited. Could I possibly pay 1000 for 7 concurrent users?

    The money isn't that much of a big deal. I just don't like paying for something I'm not using. Further, its for a small business and for them a price difference of a thousand dollars actually matters... if only psychologically.

    In any case, I appear to have answered some of my own questions and will probably go with v12 if its fully baked and ready to go. Or just go with v11 if someone can tell me that the company is making a commitment to offering these perpetual licenses which are frankly a requirement.


    • #3
      Re: Subscription?! Very concerned

      I strongly suggest you contact Alpha Software as these are questions for their sales department.

      Seth Geyser is my sales rep at Alpha. Give him a call his DDI is 978-522-3287



      • #4
        Re: Subscription?! Very concerned

        You can safely go with v12 (alpha anywhere) it offers a boat load more fore web and offers a cool genuine mobile capability
        because a perpetual option (no required ongoing license fees) is avialable -- check out

        Also feel free to contact me at [email protected]

        PS examples of what can be done in v12
        Richard Rabins
        Co Chairman
        Alpha Software


        • #5
          Re: Subscription?! Very concerned

          offers a boat load more for web
          Care to elaborate and quantify, Richard?


          • #6
            Re: Subscription?! Very concerned

            Here is link for the full list of features addition to UX-component as far as I understand.
            Last edited by Richard Rabins; 07-12-2013, 03:37 PM.


            • #7
              Re: Subscription?! Very concerned

              Originally posted by Paullm View Post
              Care to elaborate and quantify, Richard?
              Have you checked out

              some videos

              more info
              Richard Rabins
              Co Chairman
              Alpha Software