In June 2002 he spent $30,000 on a software maintenance contract for SQL Server under Microsoft's new annuity licensing program called Software Assurance. The program was introduced two years ago to reduce Microsoft's tangle of software maintenance offerings to a single plan.
When Matthews signed the contract, a new version of SQL Server code-named Yukon was slated for release in 2003, but the ship date slipped into early 2004 and then to the end of this year, which is beyond the expiration date of his contract.
"We were specifically planning to upgrade to Yukon, which we had been expecting for ages," Matthews says. "It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. As the CTO, it puts me in a bad position to go into the CFO and tell him we got nothing for this and this and this."
I think we're going to see this story played over and over this year....
Link: Network World: Microsoft users decry no bang for big bucks >

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