[ng-dhtml] Interesting article re: setting software pricing

Dylan Schiemann mail at dylans.org
Wed Aug 18 17:08:17 CDT 2004

The article reminds me a lot of the book Strategy and Tactics of Pricing, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/013026248X/qid=1092868340/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/104-2398678-2406357?v=glance&s=books&n=507846 , but with a good emphasis on strategic pricing implications in the software industry.

His points about open source make sense: most businesses don't make a lot of money by giving away their core products for free.  But the business models of leveraging open source software are a lot more complex than his discussion of the topic, meaning that it isn't really just about whether to give a product away for free or not.

Dojo is a great example of this... most of us involved in this project want what developers in other languages take for granted... a standard framework for building applications.  This doesn't mean we all want to develop a bunch of applications that we're going to give away to the world for free just because.  What it means is that we're looking to have that standard open architecture that the world has yet to give us.

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From: "Tom Trenka" <ng-dhtml at dept-z.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 16:29:39 -0400
Subject: [ng-dhtml] Interesting article re: setting software pricing

This is an interesting article about small ISVs and setting the price of software:


...knowing how some of you feel about M$, bear in mind that the article is one of a series written by Eric Sink of SourceVault, and has almost *nothing* to do with Microsoft itself; MSDN publishes it, but there isn't a direct advocacy for using MS technology.

Of particular interest is what he says about OSS in the context of a business model. 

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