Over the next few weeks, I thought might share some of my annoyances with life in Corporate IT; some of them are vendor driven and some are the result of wrong-headed thinking in the end-users! I'm sure everyone has their own annoyances and some of my readers could probably write several volumes on theirs.
So first up is 'Enterprise License Agreements' or what they mean and how end-users tend to look at them; this is often a case of the end-user walking into a nicely vendor-dug trap and smiling as they fall into it.
For a single payment; you can consume as much of a vendor's product as you possibly can over a period of time; so what's not to like?
Well after the contracted period, you face a license true-up; so you've merrily gone on consuming as much as you can eat and now you have an elasticated waist-band on your servers and now you must pay for all those licenses.
Of course that payment will probably take the form of another 'Enterprise License Agreement' and so it goes on but you've got so many installs of the software; you have effectively become an addict and there's no way out.
Time after time; I hear project managers tell me 'But it's free and it doesn't cost my project anything!'. You try to explain that it's not free and there might be a better fit for their problem but it all falls on deaf-ears. After all, the project manager gets it for free and there's no annoying budgetary considerations for them to take on.
And then there is the situation where an inordinate amount is spent on an ELA and yet at the end of the period when you do the calculation, your cost per license is no better than if you'd gone for a PAYG-type model.
ELAs, one of the industry's great cons or at least, one of Bod's annoyances!