[Evangelism] cost comparison

Ken Wasetis [Contextual Corp.] ken.wasetis at contextualcorp.com
Wed Dec 9 04:27:52 UTC 2009


I had mentioned this Sharepoint cost calculator link when adding to 
Francesco's blog post comparing Plone and Sharepoint too.  Besides the 
cost factor, it couldn't hurt you to re-read his (two-part?) blog post 
regarding the Plone vs. Sharepoint comparison.  

I had helped a for-profit university evaluate commercial CMS tools a few 
years ago and they chose RedDot.  At the time, the price for their 
.Net-based CMS plus their Java-based personalized portal delivery 
engine, plus a 'Quick Start' where a small portion of the website was 
themed/implemented was to run about $330K in US$.

Teamsite was in that evaluation as well, and their offering is broken up 
into many modules, so it's harder to compare, but this client would have 
paid a bit more for what they needed from IWOV than what the RedDot (now 
OpenText) price was, even.  Probably not a lot more, though.

Seems like the bigger players such as Autonomy/Interwoven/Teamsite, 
OpenText/Vignette, etc. are in the 350-500K US$ range by the time you 
buy licenses for not only your production servers, but also development 
and/or staging.

Not to mention that the per-hour integrator rates I was seeing were in 
the $175+/hr range US$, which is 30-40% more than most Plone shops will 

Plus, you should build a comparison that looks at year 2, 3, etc.  With 
the commercial tools, the client will be paying 20%/year of license cost 
just to keep up with patches/upgrades, no on-site services, just 
emergency support, access to the online knowledge base, forums, etc. 

If you do a 3-year Total Cost of Ownership comparison, I can't imagine 
the other tools, even Sharepoint, coming close to Plone on a financial 
basis, but others would disagree.


Nate Aune wrote:
> i don't know about Reddot or Teamsite, but the Sharepoint calculator 
> can be used to determine the total cost of ownership if you have to 
> buy all the user licenses and software licenses for the other 
> dependent Microsoft products.
> http://community.bamboosolutions.com/blogs/sharepoint-price-calculator/default.aspx
> found via Cynapse blog: 
> http://www.cynapse.com/blog/cynin-low-cost-alternative-sharepoint
> Nate
> On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 9:05 PM, Virginia Choy <virginia at pretaweb.com 
> <mailto:virginia at pretaweb.com>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     Does anyone have any documentation about total cost of ownership
>     or general cost comparisons between deploying Plone, Sharepoint,
>     Teamsite,, RedDot or any other proprietary enterprise solution?
>     Thanks Virginia
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