One of the driving principles behind the sale of Perforce has always been to make it extremely simple and up front. We all know how frustrating it is to check out a product online and when it comes time to evaluate it seriously, you are met with a contact form and zero pricing information. So Perforce created a simple pricing scheme without all the games.
Perforce has also had a long standing tradition to let you “get to it” as fast as possible. The Perforce server can be used immediately at absolutely no cost for up to 2 users or 5 workspaces. However, some have felt that this pricing scheme started too soon and didn’t allow their company to “grow into” their Perforce usage. In an effort to continue to listen to our community we have now upped this free server usage to 20 users and 20 workspaces via the new Perforce 20/20 program. So now your startup can really get established before you ever have to worry about license fees.
As if a larger free playground wasn’t enough, Perforce is also introducing a more gradual way to ease into what we think is the best part of Perforce...the amazing support! As a part of the 20/20 effort we are also introducing a “20 user starter pack” to make the process of moving from free to commercial even easier. Rather than pay full price for every license you end up paying roughly half for your perpetual licenses so that you are able to get access to our eager support engineers for your every question.
We hope that our listening campaign is moving Perforce in the right direction. However, if you have ideas, product feedback, or anything else, we encourage you to drop it into our idea incubator P4IdeaX so that it gets the attention it deserves! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us here, via Twitter, email, or carrier pigeon.
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Patrick comes equipped with a somewhat eclectic background, from studying trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory of Music, to computer science at the University of Michigan, to a stint in the US Navy. His love of computers and technology remained as a consistent theme throughout. Most notably Patrick hails from Slashdot.org where he wrote under the nomme du keyboard of "scuttlemonkey" and eventually took over site direction there before starting to help others learn from the years of practical experience contained within the Slashdot community. Patrick is now in charge of social media and all things "Ecosystem" at Perforce and still hates writing these bios.