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Colleagues,

I presume some of you, like us, were surprised by IBM's recent change in SPSS licensing that now specifically prohibits use of the product for university operations or university administration purposes under the terms of the academic license, limiting use to teaching and "non-commercial academic research."

Does anyone have any innovative solutions to share regarding this dilemma?  Any particular products that are good target solutions for replacement of SPSS in these situations?

We presume the potential solution space includes:

1.  Alternative tools for needs that don't require SPSS-level capabilities (e.g., statistical tools in Excel, etc.).

2.  Examination of alternative products with advanced statistical capabilities.

3. Use of non-academic SPSS licenses for these operational purposes.


Just wondering if we were missing something.

Thanks,

~Mike

Michael Dieckmann * Chief Information Officer * University of West Florida * 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL  32514 *   Office 850.474.2558 * FAX 850.474.2634 * MichaelDieckmann@uwf.edu * uwf.edu


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Message from mike.cunningham@pct.edu

Our SPSS licenses have always been under these conditions. The SPSS Academic license never could be used for college business. We purchase regular licenses of SPSS for our research office and have for many years. And it falls in line with just about all other software licenses labeled as “Academic”.  

 

The comment from Mike is also true for us as well.

 

/Neil  

Neil S. Sachnoff, Executive Director, Information Technology
Middlesex County College

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Message from mknox@austin.utexas.edu

I am still panicking over the doubling of cost while at the same time having to drop several campuses just to keep it to double

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Mike,

 

When IBM bought the product, the price hike caused us to look elsewhere.  We came upon a free statistical software product called ‘R’, which is very powerful.  See: http://www.r-project.org/

Unfortunately, our faculty were trained in SPSS so they were unreceptive to an alternative.

 

IBM has calculated that this condition exists in many institutions and that SPSS was a cash cow that would return on their investment in perpetuity.  They even tried to change the name to Predictive Analytics (see: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27936.wss) but probably realized that they should never create brand confusion; they had too good of a thing going.

 

For a non-teaching function, you might be able to get them to adopt ‘R’.

 

Good luck.

 

Neil Fay

Hood College, Frederick, MD

 

Message from harry@marist.edu

On 9/14/2011 1:04 PM, Fay, Cornelius R. wrote:

Mike,

 

When IBM bought the product, the price hike caused us to look elsewhere.  We came upon a free statistical software product called ‘R’, which is very powerful.  See: http://www.r-project.org/

Unfortunately, our faculty were trained in SPSS so they were unreceptive to an alternative.


R is a good choice, and we've had some faculty choose it for teaching in a variety of courses.  There are several books now available that use R for their examples and work.  We had built it into our base image several years ago, so we were able to tell the faculty that it was on every college owned machine on campus already.  We made the conscious choice several years ago to include a set of freeware/open source solutions for most of our popular proprietary products.  Don't have everything covered yet, but allows us to show people that there are alternatives for them to use legally.

 

IBM has calculated that this condition exists in many institutions and that SPSS was a cash cow that would return on their investment in perpetuity..


To be fair, I think SPSS already thought of it's Statistical software as a cash cow, well before IBM bought them.

  They even tried to change the name to Predictive Analytics (see: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27936.wss) but probably realized that they should never create brand confusion; they had too good of a thing going.

 


I'm not sure they tried to rename it, as much as it was talking about the type of software.  SPSS Modeler is a BI type software and is probably the software that the quotes were referring.  It's one of the software packages being discussed for inclusion in our Business Intelligence courses.

/ahw

For a non-teaching function, you might be able to get them to adopt ‘R’.

 

Good luck.

 

Neil Fay

Hood College, Frederick, MD

 

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