Appeon announced on July 5, 2016 that it entered into an agreement with SAP to develop a new generation of the PowerBuilder development platform. Below are some answers to some common questions existing SAP customers may have about the agreement and the future of PowerBuilder. The official press release is available to view here.
Appeon and SAP have decided to offer two distinct product lines even though both are based on a fork of PowerBuilder 12.6. SAP customers on active maintenance will only be entitled to EBFs and tech support from SAP, and will not receive a free upgrade to Appeon PowerBuilder 2017.
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!
Mainstream support is scheduled to end on June 30, 2018.
This is a decision that has complex considerations and Appeon cannot advise you. Obviously, if you choose not to renew 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.
SAP PowerBuilder 12.6 customers will be serviced by SAP and Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 customers will be serviced by Appeon. Appeon is not permitted to provide tech support for any previous versions of PowerBuilder. In certain regions, SAP and/or Appeon may engage localization partners to provide tech support services in local language.