Barry in Washington, D.C. commented that we might want to be a bit more forthcoming about the differences between the Free and Paid versions of SpendMap.
Sorry about that, Barry. We didn’t mean to hide anything.
In a nutshell, while they are functionally very similar, the Free Version is a Windows/desktop application that was designed for small businesses and small buying groups in larger organizations, while the Paid Version is a web-based (browser-based) system that is more suitable for midsize and large organizations (since it runs in your web browser with no software to install, it’s easier to deploy to a large number of users).
Technology aside, there are also differences in the way that we sell, implement and support the two products. For example, the Free Version is all set up for SMBs to do a self-evaluation, while we offer a more “consultative” sales approach for our larger customers who are considering the Paid Version (bigger companies tend to have more complex needs when it comes to their e-procurement systems, which often makes a self-evaluation impractical).
Similarly, the Free Version assumes a do-it-yourself implementation using the various resources that we provide with the free software (e.g. online help, video tutorials, online support system), while our larger, paying customers get to work directly with our Client Services Group and have access to our full line of Professional Services, such as priority phone support, web-based and on-site training, implementation consulting, and custom programming services.
Again, these are just the main differences between the Free and Paid Versions of SpendMap. For more details, we added a new subsection called “Is this right for you?” to the Getting Started Documentation that comes with the free software. Just select the menu HELP > CHECK FOR UPDATES, then exit and re-run SpendMap. The new section is right at the top of the Getting Started Documentation.
Hope this helps.