SDN Subscriptions - a bit disappointing?
At long last, the eagerly awaited <a href="https://www.sdn.sap.comhttp://www.sdn.sap.comhttp://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/subscriptions">SDN Subscriptions</a> have been unveiled. Well, if you are in USA or Germany that is.
Fantastic, I thought! However looking at the details I must confess I'm more than a little disappointed.
Why? a) no ECC (MM/SD/FI etc), and b) the price. As Mario explains in <a href="/people/mario.herger/blog/2007/10/11/sdn-subscriptions--what-you-can-do-now-what-you-couldnt-before blog</a>, it is an offering of "<i>individual licenses for freelancers, independent consultants, "one-developer-shops" and everybody who is interested to lay hands on NetWeaver.</i>"
Well, at $2300 <i>per year</i> plus tax that's a bit steep for the modicum of benefits I get over the Test Drive. For starters there's no ECC. So that basically give me a somewhat more functional testdrive where I no longer need to export/import my test programs and stuff if I want to upgrade. As a freelancer whom this is intended for, I simply cannot justify this. With ECC maybe, but without it SAP have outpriced this target market here. Compare with Microsoft's equivalent which costs around $300/year (I think - I paid in UK Pounds). Or there are companies out there which offer the same for far less. E.g. <a href="http://www.michaelmanagement.com/">these guys</a> are cheaper AND I get a full ECC system to play with. Compare also to a SAP TechEd registration (which I go to every year and I see as good value for money).
What do other freelancers/consultants think?