Advanced Job Scheduler Prices Go Up Dramatically
April 26, 2010 Timothy Prickett Morgan
IBM rarely explains why it raises prices on its software, and last week was no exception when prices for most of the features affiliated with the Advanced Job Scheduler for i were jacked by Big Blue.
If you read announcement letter 310-163, IBM said that it had raised the price on the Advanced Job Scheduler edition related to the OS/400 and i5/OS V5 releases, which is product number 5722-JS1 in the IBM catalog. This version has been around since April 2001 and has been enhanced through January 2006; it will be withdrawn from marketing in January 2011, when support for i5/OS V5R4 is due to run out.
As you can see from the table below, the price changes were rather dramatic:
IBM had already jacked prices on the 5722-JS1 version of the job scheduler back in May 2004, as you can see in announcement letter 304-065, and by about the same magnitude.
If you haven’t got the message yet, IBM really wants you to get off V5R4. And maybe IBM doesn’t really want to be in the job scheduler business, which leaves others more market share to chase.