View Full Version : The Price of Doing Business

The Brain
02-28-2005, 01:27 PM
Semiconductor tool company comes to you asking for software for their new AMAT low-pressure metal deposition tool... Generally speaking, how much would you charge for this type of custom software...

vote now! :cool:

02-28-2005, 01:31 PM
You mean you won't do it solely for the satisfaction of helping another human being? What is this world coming to??

02-28-2005, 01:48 PM
How long is it going to take you? And are you covered for liability?

02-28-2005, 01:48 PM
There isn't enough details to determine a price.
You would need to know:
The entire depth of work required
The time frame
Maintenance responsiblities

02-28-2005, 02:00 PM
You didn't specify how large the company is. If Intel or SGI asked me to do something like that I'd charge the crap out of them if I thought I could get away with it.

02-28-2005, 02:04 PM
> Maintenance responsiblities

This is a huge part of it.

02-28-2005, 02:20 PM
Where is the one dollar option? Man how could you charge any more for such an easy task.

02-28-2005, 02:59 PM
>This is a huge part of it.<

actually, it is always the biggest part of any system.

to the op: your thread and poll make no sense; there isn't enough information. For some fun reading about software screwups read http://www.lond.ambulance.freeuk.com/cad.html What a huge failure overall; one of the developers wanted to fix a known bug just hours before deployment, and by doing so introduced a memory leak, which ultimately paralyzed the ENTIRE sytem within hours from deployment.

The Brain
02-28-2005, 03:24 PM
yes.. this thread was left without a lot of details on purpose (it would take forever to come up with every stipulation just for a hypothetical question) Mainly looking for ballpark figures that will offer a monitary incentive to motiviate struggling CS students (such as myself) and to give everyone an idea of the amount of "bling" there can be in the software development business :)

Base your answers perhaps.. on what your or your company has charged for similar types of software in the past.. vote now..!! :cool:

02-28-2005, 03:50 PM
Even hypothetically, you really can't ballpark it.

I can conceive of projects in excess of $100k, and while you might think you can throw that number at a CS student, it's still a worthless value because there's really no 'bling' because after production costs the coders are still consuming mac-n-cheese for dinner.

Zach L.
02-28-2005, 05:06 PM
Well, if you charge less than you can, then you may be reduced to Ramen noodles...

Speaking of which... I'm off to eat. :)

02-28-2005, 05:17 PM
OP: If your in it for the money GET OUT NOW!!!!! Its not that you cant make good money its just that if money is your only insentive your quality of life will suffer greatly. Do something you love, its the only way to live.

The Brain
02-28-2005, 05:33 PM
selling slurpies at the local 7-11 isn't going to put food on the table or pay the child support.

02-28-2005, 06:27 PM
selling slurpies is something you love?

02-28-2005, 06:46 PM
the program, source code, and user liscense should be free to non-profit organizations (as if a non-profit organization would use it). for a profit organization, the program and source code should come with the per user liscense, which should be charged based on the amount of users using the program at one time (i.e. one user v.s. 3000 users). the documentation should be charged based on the difficulty of the time put into it. code mantinance, support, and liability should be charged for and paid by the company on an annual renewal bases (if profit based company).

03-01-2005, 03:31 PM
Hey I'll do it for minimum wage! I need a job. And programming experience. Besides how hard can it be?