Developer says databases too expensive

Auckland Pick developer Andrew Rowntree thinks databases are overpriced.

Auckland Pick developer Andrew Rowntree thinks databases are overpriced.

Rowntree, the technical director at Total Computers, which supports about 30 customers with Pick-based applications, says at about $800 to $900 a seat, those applications are perceived as expensive.

“It’s a one-off fee but, at that price, it’s a big hit.”

While Oracle might cost twice that, it has the merit of being SQL-based, which is what new customers want, he says.

Rowntree advocates the introduction of bracketed pricing, so that customers can add users up to a set limit without having to buy additional licences.

He’s positive about the attention the new owner of Pick Systems, Raining Data, is paying to customers, but that’s not stopping him from considering other database options, including open source possibilities.

Even so, he thinks multivalue Pick, which allows more than one level of information to be nested within a database table, is a better product than its SQL-based competitors.

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