Monday, June 1, 2015

To push or not to push, that is the question? Comments and suggestions will be rewarded.

For the last 11 years we have chosen to not push our users to pay for our tools. In fact, the “edict” was to focus on providing value and avoid any sales gimmicks. The thinking was that happy users will convert to paying customers on their own volition. Well, looking at our stats we have come to realize that there is something not quite right with that approach. The results of an informal study we conducted recently show that the users will only consider paying when they “hit a wall” and even then, when the cost of “switching” is negligible as it is in the case of the type of tools we sell, the value that the user may have received from using your tools for years, does not factor positively in the purchasing decision. In fact, a hypothesis was made that it may actually negatively impact your chances of being selected since the user has a hard time reconciling the additional functionality with the additional cost. Case in point: a user has been utilizing the lite edition of our SQL Server Schema and Data Compare tools for years at a cost of $0. Now he/she runs into a case that the lite edition does not cover and therefore the purchase of a license at a cost of $499 is required – all of a sudden a price that can be easily justified considering the hours saved (in fact the user in question has likely saved 10 times that amount by utilizing the lite edition of the tools) appears to be ridiculously high! “I have used those tools a thousand times for free and now you want me to pay $499 for just this one project!” We were not able to prove or disprove the hypothesis but there is empirical evidence that supports it.

We are considering a significant shift in our approach but are of course worried of the reaction of our users and hence we are seeking feedback before making any big changes. The basic idea is:

  • Raise more “walls” so that the user will likely hit one much earlier. We still want the users to be able to try the tools until they are 100% satisfied with them before paying, but not to the point where it may start to feel like the tools should always be free. 
  • “sprinkle” the free version with a bit of “annoying” seasoning – right now the user experience with the free lite edition of the tools is exactly the same as that of the paid edition. A bit of annoyance may provide an added incentive for the user purchase a license. 

We are currently experimenting with our Script Executor – what we did there is fairly subtle, it does not interrupt the flow and we don’t think it is annoying but we will see what the users think.

Tell us what you think – any comments / suggestions would be greatly appreciated and will be rewarded with a free 6 months Silver Subscription (only if you send your comments/suggestions before June 8, 2015). Either post your comments here or email us at sales@xsql.com.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Can you solve this little "puzzle"

Visit the page of each of the 5 products listed under the Silver Subscription in the order they are listed there. From each product's page pick the first letter from the "Features" section. Perform a Left Circular Shift on the binary ASCII values of each of the letters you picked; now, divide each number by 2 and get the corresponding CHAR value - the five new letters you get form the code that you can use to get a 1 year Silver Subscription at a 75% discount. The code is valid until May 17, 2015. Enjoy finding the code and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Script Executor is now FREE for personal use

Script Executor is now free for personal use (fully functional) - no credit card required, just download, install and enjoy. Script Executor allows you to organize your t-sql scripts into containers, organize your servers/databases into groups, map script containers to database groups and deploy with one click. At the end of the deployment it generates a clear report showing the results of the execution of each script on each target - a great tool that every database administrator and developer should have on his/her arsenal.

Script Executor supports SQL Server, MySQL and DB2.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Prove us wrong - schema compare challenge

You want a free license for our Schema Compare tool - prove us wrong!

We believe in our tools so much that we are willing to challenge you. We invite you to compare the schemas of any two SQL Server databases (from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2014) and guarantee you that our Schema Compare tool will successfully identify the differences and synchronize the schemas every time, no matter how complex your schemas might be (replicated tables are not compare/synchronized as synchronizing them would potentially break the replication). If you can identify a scenario in which our tool either fails or generates incorrect results you are entitled to a free 1 year Silver Subscription which includes 5 of our tools.

If you believe you have found an error please email us at support@xsql.com so that we can verify the error and send you the complimentary Silver Subscription license.

The challenge will be open until April 1, 2015.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Oracle Data Compare v2 with support for Oracle 12c released

A new version of the Oracle Data Compare with full support for Oracle 12c and many other improvements is now available for download from our site: http://www.xsql.com/download/oracle_data_compare/

If you have an active maintenance you may download and use the new version of the Oracle Data Compare with the current license.

Send questions and comments to support@xsql.com

xSQL Schema Compare v5 released

We released a new version of our Schema Compare SDK with full support for SQL Server 2014, improved schema filters and some minor bug fixes. You can download the new version of the Schema Compare SDK from: http://www.xsql.com/download/sdk/sql_server_schema_compare/

If you have an active maintenance or a current Gold Subscription you can simply download and use the new version with the license you have.

As always, comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.