I don’t fall for that. If I own a license for an Oracle database, I can access it from anything: Java, Excel, Crystal Reports, etc., through the software provided by Oracle. I don’t think to myself, “I paid way too much for these products. I wish they would disable access to Oracle because they would charge me less if it couldn’t do that”.
What kind of world would it be if SAG couldn’t sell a single copy of Adabas SQL Gateway because it didn’t matter anyway if Adabas could process SQL commands because Oracle, Microsoft, etc., decided to charge extra to access Adabas because most of their customers don’t even own Adabas so they will make their products cheaper (not really) by disallowing it.
That would kinda hurt SAG a tidge.
It’s not that Natural couldn’t access Oracle today. And let’s not fool ourselves that Natural would be any more expensive if they didn’t keep that door closed because pricing doesn’t work that way. It would cost us the same, cost SAG the same (because the capabilities are developed already), and maybe reduce SAG’s revenue by however many customers had to buy Entire Access.
Exactly how many customers buy Entire Access? Compare that now… how many times has Natural been passed over because you can’t access anything but Adabas from it without paying more? Natural’s already the Mercedes of programming language.
Tires are extra.