Why the software licensing debate is ongoing


Author: Ian Palmer

A report suggesting software licensing costs could
increase 50 percent by 2006 shouldn’t be viewed as
doctrine etched in stone, according to IBM Corp.
spokesman Ari Fishkind.

“The META Group consultancy disagrees with Gartner’s
finding,” said Fishkind, whose company is
headquartered in Armonk, N.Y. “Kevin McIsaac, META
Group’s research director for Asia-Pacific, contends
that software costs will grow at just about 10 percent
per annum. Regarding multi-core processors, Kevin
editor-in-chief of the Microprocessor Report
newsletter and an analyst at In-Stat/MDR, says that
dual-core machines are as much as 80 percent faster
and therefore add greater value to justify
per-processor pricing.”