IBM Does Web Query Deal Down Under
April 22, 2013 Timothy Prickett Morgan
It has been a year since IBM launched version 2.1 of its Web Query for IBM i follow-on to the ancient Query/400 ad-hoc query tool for the operating system we all love that runs on Power Systems. That 2.1 release split Web Query into Express and Standard Editions and shifted to per-core pricing from a very complex set of priced features you needed a PhD in IBM marketing to understand. (Sorry, I only have a master’s degree.)
Last week, IBM announced a Web Query for IBM i promotion deal for both Australia and New Zealand that gives customers who buy Web Query Express Edition some pretty hefty discounts.
In Australia, the deal is outlined in announcement letter A313-068, and customers who buy Web Query Standard Edition (product number 5733-WQE) between now and the end of the year will get it at a 53.26 percent discount. (Yes, the deal has four significant digits in the percentage, and yes, that is weird but you will see why in a second.) That drops the per core price from $22,463.10 to a nice round $10,500, which is in Australia dollars.
In New Zealand, the deal is in announcement letter NZ313-068, and the discount is set at 52.67 percent. That drops the per core price of Web Query Standard Edition from $23,240 to $11,000 in New Zealand dollars.
I poked around the IBM announcement system and did not see similar promotions in the United States, Canada, or Europe, but I will keep an eye out for them.