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. However, SAP and Appeon have worked closely together to come up with very attractive pricing.
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. Per this announcement, mainstream support for PowerBuilder 12.6 is currently scheduled to end on January 31, 2018.
This is a decision that has complex considerations and Appeon cannot advise you. However, we can try to help by outlining some of the potential pros and cons of buying PowerBuilder 12.6:
- It is available now while Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 is tentatively scheduled for Q2 2017.
- It is a currently-supported version of PowerBuilder that has been on the market for some time.
- It has some notable new features compared to PB 12.5, including 64-bit compilation.
- It will require a perpetual license purchase rather than the low-cost subscription model that Appeon will be offering.
- You will not be eligible for a free upgrade to the Appeon PowerBuilder 2017 version.
- Per this announcement, mainstream support is scheduled to end on January 31, 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.