I received a couple emails to notify me of activity in this
discussion. I completely forgot about it. The comments from 6 years ago still
apply today. I love Telerik but never once seriously considered Sitefinity for
any client requests. In 2010 I was working with Drupal. Since then I've moved
on with WordPress, and the phenomenal CMS that it's become.
With the entire core and perpetual updates all free, and a
thriving third-party market of plugin and theme developers, the WordPress
platform has come to dominate the CMS industry. Why didn't Telerik adopt that
model? Why didn't we get an opportunity to participate in an ecosystem like
that when it seemed so obvious that the Sitefinity business model doomed this
fine product into obscurity? I'm guessing the CFO and team at Telerik/Progress
figured $100 (for a component) @ 10,000 (units) is equal to 100 units @ $10,000
- so why bother with dealing with high volume, low-ticket offering? Well, if
those ratios are accurate, that's true. But if you look at the actual numbers
for WordPress, the CMS market is exponentially larger than that - and Telerik
simply blew it by not providing a platform that we can put forward in that
Again, I completely forgot about Sitefinity given the
situation here. That's now 6 years during which I have only recommended this
product twice, when I have recommended and implemented countless others
(including the Telerik Platform). What does it mean for Telerik/Progress
revenue if even the people enamored with the brand completely forget about this
offering? Speaking of the Platform, with Telerik experience with Cordova and
Xamarin, I'm hoping they have a taste of the profitability associated with
working with bigger names - with embracing global trends rather than hunkering
down in their own little island and expecting others to pay the price to visit.
I understand that the Sitefinity model, which I would phrase
as follows: "Provide a high quality product at a business-class price,
that eliminates the common burdens of FOSS, including independent developers
who lose interest in critical components, and random security flaws and
inconsistencies associated with components from a number of random
developers." That’s a fine model, one which is embraced by IBM for AIX and
RedHat for Linux. But the questions which follow include: Is there really that
much Value associated with the price? Can Telerik quantify and compare that
model for an average business site, with the amount of time=money spent on
freeware to get roughly equivalent functionality? I don't see that. I don't see
a Value Model for Sitefinity to compare with what we're getting in the FOSS
world (as poor as it can be at times). I put the blame for that squarely in the
lap of Telerik/Sitefinity Marketing.
Or perhaps to summarize all of that, a price can only be Way
Too High if we have something to compare against. We are looking at pure
numbers and everyone measures Value differently. Sitefinity pricing wouldn't be
High if we were convinced that the actual ultimate cost was Higher for
solutions like Drupal and WordPress. This is purely about marketing and has
nothing to do with the technical prowess of the platform.
The game isn't over. There are still
opportunities for Sitefinity to do better. But given the competition it's much
harder to break out of the box now than before.
Ahem, thanks for your time.