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- From: Joe Deppe <Joe.Deppe(--nospam--at)eaglepoint.com>
- Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 08:02:32 -0500
In response to Dennis Wish's response....you bring up some interesting points which I feel should be addressed for everyone's information. > I am not trying to knock what is a very good product, but it's major > problem is that it is too expensive a package for a small office. Eagle Point does not have one huge product like REI does that costs several thousands of dollars. Our library of programs consists of individual programs that may be used independently of one another OR as an integrated system for analysis and design. The cost of the package that is right for your office depends entirely upon what capabilities your office requires, then we put together a custom package and pricing for you. > AutoCad R14 is very expensive, but on a cost per hour basis is > probably one of the least expensive programs in many offices. We realize that AutoCAD is too expensive for many offices to add to their arsenal of tools, but also that operating inside of CAD is very cost effective when considering the time saved per project. Eagle Point offers analysis programs which operates inside of AutoCAD and is in the process of porting the same 2d/3d analysis program over to work inside of IntelliCAD which is a much more affordable solution ($349 vs. $3000+) for most offices. We have been listening to our clients and have responded. > Recently there has been a great move at DWG standarization with an > aliance led by Visio. Eagle Point is a registered business partner with Visio since we believed that all products, CAD and otherwise, should be made available to all firms large or small. As mentioned above, we are working closely with Visio to make our applications run with IntelliCAD. In fact, our new structural drafting and detailing package, StrucPro, is already running inside of IntelliCAD. We are a founding member of the Open DWG Alliance with Visio and a handful of other companies. > There is no question in my mind that the programs like Eagle Point are > potentially important additions to integrated design (I have not as > yet > reviewed EP's software so must preface with potential). Unfortunately, > it will probably remain in the "wish list" of most engineers who only > wish they > could afford the package. I believe the answer is to reduce the price > and hit a larger market, finance the software or lease it for use > (something I'm > not to keen on) or leave it to the rich and famous. At some point in > the future another vendor will pick up on the features and come to > market with a > lower cost competitor. You have hit the nail on the head, but we are one step ahead of you. In just the last quarter or so, Eagle Point has actually reduced the pricing structure of our structural analysis and design programs, both individually as well as with custom bundles. We have also worked out special arrangements with several leasing companies to offer a multitude of purchasing options for our clients. > Again, with all due respect to EP and the other products I have only > hinted > at, they have proven their products abilities and this is not of > issue. The > engineers ability to afford and use the product is the bottom line. Proven solutions at an affordable price is what we all want and that is what Eagle Point is striving to provide. The bottom line for purchasing any software is your companies bottom line profit. The price of software should not be considered in terms of cost to your firm, but rather as an investment. Take into account the return on investment the software will produce for you in terms of increased productivity resulting in additional jobs and decide if your firm can afford NOT to use it. In short, what I recommend is that you decide what tools you would need to make your office more productive, find the tools, THEN consider the price versus the return on investment. No one should have to purchase a large bundle of programs for thousands of dollars to only have use for a fraction of the capabilities. Other vendors still use that approach, but now we are offering you a choice.
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