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Reasons For Becoming A TPC Member

Before you consider becoming a TPC member, you should know who the TPC members are and what are the costs and responsibilities of membership.

Who are the TPC members?
While the majority of TPC members are computer system companies, the TPC also has several software (database and operating system) company members. In addition, the TPC membership also includes system integrators and market research firms. There are over 25 members worldwide.

Two Different Types of TPC Members
The TPC offers a full membership for a yearly fee of $15,000 and an associate membership for a yearly fee of $1,500. The associate memberships are reserved for non-profit organizations as well as market research and press organizations.

Responsibilities of TPC Members
Besides following the TPC policies, there are few clear responsibilities or obligations that come with being a TPC member. Your company can participate actively or not, depending on your resources and goals. Since the TPC is basically run by TPC member volunteers, the TPC naturally encourages member companies to participate actively by sending representatives to our General Council meetings (we meet 5 times a year in various locations) and by attending periodic teleconferences.

The Reasons for Joining the TPC--For Commercial Organizations

Influence in the TPC benchmarking development process. Given the TPC's tremendous influence on the competitive arena, it's just common sense that your company should have an active voice in deciding which benchmarks the TPC should develop and how the current set of benchmarks should evolve. TPC member participation also provides your company with detailed, advanced knowledge of upcoming changes to the TPC benchmarking process. Again, these changes can have a profound impact on how the market perceives your product and its performance. Your company can't afford to plan its future product designs without some knowledge about how these products will be measured.

Timely access to ongoing proceedings. The TPC's membership is a who's who of commercial computing. With a TPC membership, you have access to the TPC's internal Web site, which contain all day-to-day rulings along with ongoing discussions and proposals of the TPC organization, which could affect how you run and market your TPC results. If you want to stay ahead of your competition, you better know what the TPC is planning and what your competitors' positions are..

Product Improvement. An often overlooked benefit to participation in the TPC process is how TPC benchmarks help companies improve their products. TPC benchmarks model the basic types of operations that a typical transaction processing system might use, and thus have a wide-range of applicability to your customer's environments. In addition, TPC benchmarks are designed to put systems under maximum stress. An analogy can be drawn between computer and software companies and car companies here. Companies participate in TPC benchmarking for the same reasons car companies participate in Formula 1 racing. Many of the new components and technologies applied to producing the fastest Formula 1 car are incorporated into consumer car design. Over and over again TPC members have reported that this TPC testing process has enabled them to produce more robust, higher performing products.


The Reasons for Joining the TPC--For Market Research Firms and End-User Organizations

If you're a frequent consumer of TPC benchmarking data, you should consider joining the TPC as an associate member (cost is $1500 per year). The associate membership is specifically designed for organizations interested in understanding and making recommendations on various competing TPC performance claims. As an associate member, you have full access to all TPC data and internal communications, and therefore you will be in a much better position to help your clients understand the significance of TPC-related marketing claims.

 


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