The shocking price increase for us occurred several years ago; since
then we've had annual but not outrageous increases. We lost some
users during the big increase (we do full cost recovery), but since
then our user base has increased to the point where we decided to
switch to an annual Enterprise license. We negotiated hard to make
sure the switch would not cost too much more than we were already
expecting to pay for the increased volume. This has already paid off
for us as we continue to add users, and also because it allows
concurrent/network licensing in labs etc. and faculty home use. After
some initial hurdles with SPSS 13 installation problems, things have
been going pretty smoothly.
The big disappointment is that SPSS for the Mac has to be licensed
separately and the cost is prohibitive, so we don't license it,
leaving our Mac folks in the lurch. Our license also does not cover
SAS is currently the thorn in our side. We recently received notice
that they're reviving the plan from two years ago to separate
teaching/research use from administrative use, and to license servers
by CPU. Have any of you made this switch? How did it go?
>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)...
Lisa Talpey University of Rochester
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