We've considered Stata, a variety of open source web programs (sorry but
our statistics guru is currently vacationing in Brazil so I can't
forward actual links until he returns in a few weeks), and even SAS.
Our faculty, however, want to continue with SPSS, as they consider it
the "industry standard" for the sort of research which we do. After a
substantial increase in cost to move to an Enterprise license to get the
same functionality in v13 that we had with our previous perpetually
licensed software (site license), we will now have to bite the bullet
again to upgrade to a perpetual enterprise license. This is due to
numerous complaints over licenses expiring. I have to agree that SPSS
has become our most difficult vendor to work with. I can't understand
how they can show so little concern for their user community. Should we
draft a formal complaint to the president of SPSS?
George Schuessler, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Computing
Teachers College Columbia University
> We actually have Statistics and Computer Science faculty here collaborating
> on writing an open source alternative. SPSS is most definitely our most
> troublesome and least responsive vendor.
> Chad McDonald
> Chief Information Security Officer
> Georgia College & State University
> On 3/8/06 12:18 PM, "Trappler, Thomas" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi Marg,
>> I know this doesn't directly answer your question, but I just wanted to
>> comment on the current status of UCLA's relationship with SPSS. In
>> terms of their licensing structure and the complete lack of
>> responsiveness on the part of their representatives to the licensing
>> needs of our campus (and I suspect others), I would say that SPSS is
>> currently near the top of our list of most difficult vendors. If anyone
>> is making any headway in terms of negotiating favorable pricing and/or
>> terms with SPSS I would very much like to hear about it. Thanks!
>> Thomas J. Trappler
>> Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, UCLA Office of Information
>> Manager, UCLA Software Central
>> 5905 Math Sciences, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1557
>> PH: 310-825-7516, FX: 310-825-6979
>> Email: [log in to unmask]
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Marg Knox [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 9:02 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [LICENSING] SPSS
>> Is anyone doing appreciably better on SPSS issues since we chatted at
>> I have one college who would like to know what alternatives folks are
>> looking at to replace SPSS (the serious price increase just sent them
>> crazy as well as the difficulty with SPSS 13)...
>> Regards, Marg
>> Margaret H. Knox [log in to unmask]
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