Unfortunately, no. Development of the new versions of PowerBuilder and infomaker are not financed by SAP. However, our new subscription pricing is on par with what customers have been paying historically as maintenance fees. We greatly appreciate your understanding and support to make PowerBuilder the fastest and best way to build business apps!
This is a decision that has complex considerations and Appeon cannot advise you. Obviously if you choose not to renew the support you will lose tech support from SAP. On the other hand, renewing the maintenance does NOT get you a free upgrade to Appeon PowerBuilder 2017. The mainstream support for PowerBuilder 12.6 is currently scheduled to end on June 30, 2018.
This is a decision that has complex considerations and Appeon cannot advise you. However, please keep in mind that PowerBuilder 12.6 customers are not eligible for a free upgrade to Appeon’s PowerBuilder 2017 version, and mainstream support of PowerBuilder 12.6 is scheduled to end on June 30, 2018.
No, taxes are not included in the listed prices and will be your responsibility to pay. If Appeon is required by law to collect and remit any taxes then you may see taxes applied when you complete your purchase.
10% volume discounts will be automatically applied if you purhase 10 more subscriptions of the same product.
No, our plans are all “grandfathered” – meaning you can renew a particular subscription that has not yet expired at the same price you previously paid. However, any additional developer seats that you may need in the future will be at the then-current price.
No, if you are an End User that has purchased a subscription of PowerBuilder or InfoMaker then you are licensed to run your apps and reports at no additional cost. Your cost is essentially a development cost, which is based on the # of named developers. It is a non-perpetual subscription pricing, so there is an annual fee each year your developers work with the PowerBuilder or InfoMaker tool. As part of your subscription (if applicable), you will receive a set of PowerServer runtimes for Microsoft IIS that will power the cloud features.
It will depend on what you are distributing to your customers. If you are currently deploying a standard 2-tier client/server app (i.e. no PowerBuilder code on Microsoft IIS or EAServer) and what you are distributing to your customers is the app itself then there are no new distribution costs.
If you plan to develop Cloud Apps and/or deploy PowerBuilder NVOs to Microsoft IIS then a PowerBuilder runtime will be required for Microsoft IIS. As part of your subscription, you will receive a set of server runtimes to use in case you plan to engage in a SaaS. If you need additional sets to use for your customers please contact our sales dept. so we can discuss partner pricing and terms.
If you are currently distributing the PowerBuilder IDE or InfoMaker to your customers, there will obviously be a charge as before. However, the pricing and terms will be different since we now are offering a non-perpetual licensing model. Please contact our sales dept. so we can discuss partner pricing and terms.
Purchasing & Payment
Simply subscribe to the desired quantities of the appropriate PowerBuilder subscriptions and click the button for quote generation button instead of checkout.
We recommend you to place your order online, as this will give you the option to pay by credit card(coming soon), have your order processed faster, and simplify the future renewal process of your subscriptions (via our auto-renewal subscription feature). However, if you wish to have your order processed offline then please contact us and we will be glad to take your order.
Appeon accepts payment by bank wire transfer or checks (must be denominated in US dollars), and Appeon will accept payment by credit card (Visa/MasterCard), soon. We recommend customers pay by credit card whenever possible to simplify the future renewal process of your subscriptions (via our auto-renewal subscription feature).
Yes, if you place your order online and pay with a credit card. We strongly recommend to enable the auto-renewal subscription option during the checkout process to ensure uninterrupted access to the software. If for some reason you no longer wish to renew in the future the auto-renewal can easily be disabled from the license management section of your account.
Purchasing & Payment
Your subscription period begins as soon as your order is fulfilled.
If paying by credit card (coming soon): Your order will be fulfilled instantly and you may immediately begin using the software.
If paying by bank wire transfer or check: Your order will be fulfilled typically within 5 business day of us receiving your payment; once fulfilled you will receive an email granting you access to use the software.
All orders, regardless of being placed online or offline, are fulfilled via electronic software download (ESD). We do not ship physical media.
PowerBuilder and Infomaker are licensed on a named user basis. The number of subscriptions that you need to purchase should at least match your team size. The most common scenario where you may need additional licenses is if a particular named user needs to SIMULTANEOUSLY run multiple instances of the PowerBuilder or InfoMaker on multiple machines (regardless physical or virtual).
The subscription fee is generally required each year that you plan to use the product(i.e. your license is not perpetual); however, 2-tier desktop apps developed with PowerBuilder and reports developed with InfoMaker will continue to run without a subscription.
Please keep in mind that when your subscription expires you will no longer be able to use the PowerBuilder or InfoMaker tool to view/edit your projects. If you have deployed Cloud Apps (Desktop or Mobile), when your subscription expires the PowerServer runtime will cease to operate. And of course, you would not have access to any new updates, bug fixes, or tech support.
The new cloud-based license management system is an alternative option that is more convenient and flexible than generating traditional license files. It allows the license to follow the developer rather than be tied down to a specific machine. It is excellent choice if you virtualize your environment, telecommute, switch between multiple machines, or are simply fed up dealing with license files.
You can still generate traditional license files as you have done in the past with PowerBuilder or InfoMaker. It will no longer be using the SySAM mechanism, but the idea is quite similar and no Internet access is required on the machine.
Appeon will be providing a new standalone compiler that can be installed independent of the PowerBuilder IDE. If you don’t require use of the PowerBuilder IDE for your build machines then you will not need any additional subscriptions.