I can’t believe it’s been over a year from the release of the first edition of the Software Licensing Handbook. Many of you have purchased copies and for that, I am eternally grateful! I simply can’t believe the success of the book – and I appreciate everyone’s encouragement and advice.
But that doesn’t mean that I’m resting. In fact, I’ve been busily working over the last year on the Second Edition – adding almost 100 pages, and counting! New sections on negotiation, open source and risk are the biggest areas to see changes.
Now it’s your turn. If you have read the first edition and have comments, suggestions, ideas, stories, examples, typos from the first edition or anything else (perhaps a topic that I don’t fully explore) – now is the time to act! Just send an e-mail to feedback at licensinghandbook.com!
It’s that simple. I have to admit that between work and school, I don’t know exactly when the second edition will go to press, but I WILL offer an incentive for good feedback, since the next version is going to cost a little more than the first. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to do this, but I want to give 10 free copies to the 10 best feedback items I get. Yes, yes, I know… “best” isn’t too quantifiable. But look at it like this: if you send me an e-mail with a dozen typos and the only other messages I get have single typos in them, you’d be at the top. But if I get a great story to include, the dozen typos might only be second on the list. Make sense?
Oh, and there’s going to be a super-secret (ok, not that super secret, but cool nevertheless) new section within the risk area, called the Contract Risk Review Model. Have you ever been asked by your business folks to quantify the risk for a particular deal? Did you struggle to determine the real risk factors and how to compare them against the other portions of the contract? Did you have to send off the financials to a financial analyst and wait for a nebulous response at best? Do you want to have a better way of doing the review (or better yet, a simple way for your business owner to do the review)? Well – the Contract Risk Review Model is coming. Already working as a standalone application, I’m trying to find a way to convert it to a web-based tool to make it even easier to use. [Side note: If you know of a good web-app developer who knows PHP/MySQL, point them in my direction, please.] But the second edition will contain at least a sneak preview of the Contract Risk Review Model just for owners of the book.
On an unrelated note, I hope that all of you have a very happy holiday season and a healthy 2008! Thank you for your time in 2007! I look forward to bringing you more software licensing and contract negotiation tips next year!