When the economy is bad, businesses hold off on buying new enterprise apps and instead try to prolong the life of the ones they have. But there's still the significant expense of vendors' support contracts. Third-party support contracts may be the answer to reducing that cost.
Software vendors don't want to lose those support revenues, especially since they're making less in new and upgrade sales. Some even have tried to raise their support income through schemes such as tiered support (a debacle at SAP) or all-or-nothing support (Oracle's most recent approach to extracting nore money from customers) -- but doing so risks driving customers even faster to third-party offerings
Software vendors will tell you that their support is better than the third-party support and, thus... Continue reading