AnyDAC Acquisition Concerns Apparently Justified

I just stumbled upon this on DelphiFeeds. Apparently when I posted my concerns about the AnyDAC acquisition back in February I wasn’t too far off the mark.

It appears that one “product” or “add on” is being used to coerce customers to buy additional upgrades. This kind of vendor lock in strategy IMO is despicable, and is going to cause a long term loss of Delphi developers. If recent blog posts are any indication, even the most positive bloggers are joining the ‘nay sayers’ to let EMBT know they are not a fan of their recent marketing decisions.

At today’s pricing, it’s far from a Fire sale (get it? FireMonkey, FireDAC…:) )

7 Responses to “AnyDAC Acquisition Concerns Apparently Justified”

  1. C Johnson Says:

    You do realize that Embarcadero buying CodeGear was a step in that direction in the first place, right?

  2. Larry Hengen Says:

    @C Johnson,

    I’m not sure what point you are trying to make here…

    Yes in many ways EMBT’s purchase of CodeGear was a positive development for the product. They have provided the XPlatform capability I blogged about being necessary for the longevity of Delphi. They have implemented 64 bit compilation which required very few changes to existing code, unicode support, and most recently ARM CPU support. The engineers responsible certainly deserve Kudos…

    The only issues I have with EMBT personally, is that IMHO they aren’t fixing issues with the product that need fixing, and the value equation has been eroded, epsecially for desktop users. I also take exception to some of their marketing representations, and customer interaction.

    While I may not agree with all their technology decisions, the technology is theirs to do with what they want. If I don’t like it, no one says I have to use it.

    One could argue that had Oracle bought CodeGear, Delphi would be in a better position….but despite some of the accuracy of what might be considered “predictions” on my blog, I am not psychic, so I wouldn’t care to speculate.

  3. Joseph Says:

    I want bonus points, since my comment on your post suggested the most likely motive was

    >3) As a profit driver to attract existing customers to higher-level SKUs.

    :-)

    It’s unlikely Delphi is seeing increased sales (or probably even steady sales) with this wave of recent actions to try to extract more money from existing customers. This may be the start of a “death spiral” as rising prices and falling quality lose upgrades and sales so staff get cut and prices rise to meet the VC owner’s target numbers, leading to yet lower sales and poorer quality, etc. :-(

    As long as your revisiting past articles, you might want to reflect on Marco’s past analysis in which he concluded that Delphi pricing was middle-of-the-pack while never incorporating value, only price, into his equation, and shunning open source partly because it “wasn’t fair”.

    http://blog.marcocantu.com/blog/delphi_price_compared.html

  4. Hypnos Says:

    J.T. Morgan & Partners sent congratulations to Apple to honor the release of iOS7.

    AnyDAC/FireDAC will replace DBX even on a mid term I think. I totally agree, most of the people will not have believed didn’t want to listen… Enterprise & SA. We can discuss if such short innovation cycles end up in continuous delivery. They do. The innovation cycle’s length bisects if vendors start playing that card. The question left is - who plays that card.

  5. Larry Hengen Says:

    @Joseph,

    Bonus points are yours…

  6. Jason Sweby Says:

    Thanks for the link to yesterday’s post. I’m bitterly disappointed to have joined the negative side, and on the whole I’m still very happy with Delphi, but this release appears to be leaving a bad taste in peoples’ mouths.

  7. LDS Says:

    The root issue is Embarcadero still tries to sell C/S development as an “enterprise” feature as if it was still 1995 and there were not a bunch of low-cost SQL RDBMS that brought C/S “to the masses” - file based DB are gone long ago even for SMBs.
    But having very little to offer as real “enterprise” features, it stubbornly tries to stick to a past long gone, and can’t see the development world as changed a lot in the past eighteen years, and features set of dev tools accordingly.
    Developing for mobile devices (especially the way it choosed) won’t save Delphi from losing more and more customers because it is not compelling for new developers, and may not suit even actual ones needs (FM…). Although the mobile hype, server and desktop applications are not going away especially business ones.
    Meanwhile the Pro version is losing appeal for low-end developers due to the low feature/price ratio compared to competion, while the Ent is not appealing for high-end developers for the same reason. Embarcadero is entering a lose-lose spiral but is unable to acknowledge it.

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