Have you considered creating Mendix plans for small business or for developers to showcase their skill?
Many developers enjoy tinkering around with their platform of choice, which can result in a huge boon of creativity; the maximum potential of an app is much sooner found in such cases. Moreover, apps like these could be used to showcase the full Mendix potential. I myself have a couple of ideas that may potentially even improve the world (who knows ;-)).
Unfortunately, hosting such a developed app can only be done using licenses which are nowhere near affordable for the average developer to host personally, or based of of his/her own independent business (ZZP). Nor is it possible for a small shop or small business to host such a plan.
I think this is a shame, as Mendix is beautiful. Why not try to garner some small business clients? It seems that the training app that is developed in learning paths is actually a more fit example for small business, which seems to contrast its current use: big business and corporations.
Or how about use for research purposes? Research grants do not usually include budgets for platforms; it’s all open stuff – shame, ‘cause Mendix would be great to use in that field as well.
Concluding, I think that the Mendix community might be able to thrive on the next level if there were more options/plans for research purposes, but especially for small business.
Should you want some more input in this matter, I would be happy to think along about this topic ;-).
Edit 29/4/20 – thanks for the replies so far. I think if we can show Mendix that this idea has value, they might act on it. Feel free to share the link to this post ;-)
Mendix can mark this idea as resolved since Mendix has cracked this with the introduction of the ‘Basic’ plan for only 600 euro’s yearly. Well done Mendix!
If Mendix finds a good solution for this, there will be a big, big market for it. For several customers I cannot use Mendix, because they cannot afford the monthly license. It makes no sense that I have to consider high-coding or other low-code platforms because of Mendix silly license structure.
I think this is a great idea, and I’m sure there is a solution for the support issue. Plenty of other tech companies manage to offer SaaS/PaaS licenses to smaller businesses or individuals, without killing themselves on the support costs.
I agree. mendix could be perfect for small businesses but they just can’t afford it.
If the cost of support are indeed a hazard, why not take account for that in the Service Level Agreement? (low cost → low support).
As for research licenses: that could definitely impose a nice boost in Mendix adoption for both, developers and clients, once graduating students enter the job market and introduce Mendix at their future employers.
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Yes exactly! And perhaps use for research could be free or against minimal cost, only available to schools and universities.
Also agree – IMO there should definitively be a mini node. Companies first get smaller nodes and grow it with their needs and digitized business development. Profits all the way
I agree with Tim, I think for a lot of companies a “sandbox-pro” would even be enough.
are there examples of how other platforms scale?
something like unity?
“Eligibility: Revenue or funding less than $100K in the last 12 months”
Totally agree. We are on a Single-App licence and actually need another Instance for public use but can’t afford. Since we are a small company. So that cuts a huge part of our potential in becoming a larger (Mendix ideal) company.
Would be much appreciated and it seems a small step from the Sandbox that is currently available. Sandbox is good enough for hobby project, the local sportsclub and other lowbudget organizations. And as soon as someone/company starts getting revenue out of it, a fee would only be fair. But who is to make the first investment?
And again, that could be solved easily enough with setting SLA levels at non-existent for that group. I would be fine with that ;-).
Something I have been telling them for 8 years or so. Yes, the big money is with the big clients and Mendix has done well on that side. But a lot of small licenses can also make a big splash. For now the standpoint is that the cost of support outweight the benefits. At least that was what I was told. Hope this changes some day.
Completely agree, there should be a viable pay per use option for small businesses that makes sense and wont compete with the corporate licences.
The best way to show off your platform is to have a low point of entry, currently that’s not the case.
also I think a lot of projects that could be done in MX are done in react/php or some other language purely due to the liscence costs of mendix.
this is def true for startups, hobby projects, student projects or “help our a family member” projects.