Totally true. We are starting to use Weblogic at work for political reasons, and I don't see that it offers any advantage over Resin, but it does have a much bigger learning curve.
Enteprise software is a rip off.
Bitter, party of one.
Michael Thomas complains in Salon today that the big problem for IT companies isn't the accounting, it's the products, which often don't work. This certainly jibes with my experience. I've found that the more a software product costs, the less likely it is to work properly, and the harder it will be to implement. In the Java world, for example, I've used Tomcat, Resin (a cheap servlet engine from Caucho Software), and BEA WebLogic. Of the three, WebLogic was the hardest to get up and running, the hardest to deal with on a day to day basis, and was the most expensive by an almost unbelievable factor. I'd be willing to accept that BEA offers a lot of features that the others don't, but frankly I've never run into limitations in the other products that sent me looking for more.
I'd have to say I agree. The fact that BEA can charge up to $60,000 per CPU (you read it right) is criminal. Their software is good, but it's not that good. Remind me if I'm ever running a BigCo to go through my software expenses with a fine toothcomb. Personally I'd buy Resin or Orion, a large support contract with the vendor, and then hire some very smart people with the change. [rc3.org][rebelutionary]