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FAQ: Dec 2022 dbt Cloud plan pricing update

Addressing key questions around changes to the dbt Cloud Team and Developer Plans

FAQ: Dec 2022 dbt Cloud plan pricing update

On December 15th, dbt Labs announced changes to the dbt Cloud Team and Developer Plans. In this blog, we’ll answer key questions we expect you may have as a current user, to ensure you have everything you need to build the plan that’s right for your team.

What’s changing?

We’re increasing the price of the dbt Cloud Team plan to $100 per developer per month to better reflect the result of three years of product development. We’re also adjusting packaging on the Team and Developer plans to improve how users advance along the analytics engineering maturity curve.

As of December 15, 2022, New Team plan customers will be limited to 8 developer seats per account. Existing Team plan customers with more than 8 developer seats will have until Feb 1 to upgrade their plan or reduce seats (more detail below). New Developer and Team plan users will be capped at 1 project, but existing Developer and Team plan users will not have a limit imposed. All Team plan users will see the new price of $100/developer/month reflected in their billing statements beginning in February.

  Old Seat Count Limit New Seat Count Limit Old Monthly Developer Seat Price New Monthly Developer Seat Price Old Project Limit New Project Limit
Developer Plan 1 No Change Free No Change Unlimited 1
Team Plan 40 8 $50 $100 Unlimited 1
Enterprise Plans Unlimited No Change Custom No Change Unlimited No Change

Why is dbt Labs making this change?

In the last three years, dbt Cloud has achieved critical benchmarks relative to speed and stability, while adding dozens of new features to make the work of analytics engineering more efficient and enjoyable—all for $50/developer/month. To better align price to value delivered, the Team plan is moving to $100/developer/month.

Over that same time, we’ve chatted with hundreds of customers and studied more than 3,000 successful deployments. Through this process we realized our plans lacked adherence to a logical maturity arc—where allowable complexity matched the tools available at each tier. For this reason, we’re implementing an 8 seat and 1 project limit on the Team plan, as well as a 1 project limit on the free-forever Developer plan. We believe teams that mature beyond these thresholds are most successful with access to the collaboration, security, and support features in the next tier of service.

In his latest post, Tristan Handy, dbt Labs CEO, shares why these changes are necessary to continue supporting dbt and its community.

I’m a Team plan customer that needs to keep more than 8 developer seats—what are my options?

If you have more than 8 developers on your account, it’s likely you would benefit from the security, support, and training resources only available in our Enterprise tier of service. Learn more about these features, and connect with a dbt Labs teammate that can share more via our contact page.

If the Enterprise tier isn’t the right fit for you, we’re asking all Team plan users to reduce their seat allocations to 8 or less before February 1.

I’m a Team plan customer with more than 8 seats, how do I reduce seat count?

There are a few ways that you can manage your seats to accommodate the 8 developer seat limit: move inactive or less frequent users to Read-Only seats or delete inactive users. Admins can perform both actions via the account settings tab. More details below, but please also see the relevant doc for deleting users.

Change User detail from ‘Developer’ to ‘Read-Only’

Your account should have at least 5 ‘Read-Only’ seats. If you have inactive or less frequent users, you can demote them from ‘Developer’ to ‘Read-Only’. This means, for example, you can have 13 users in total, simply by moving users 9-13 to read-only seats.

As the Account admin / Owner, within Account Settings, simply navigate to Users, then select a user you wish to alter, click Edit, then change “License” from Developer to Read-Only, then Save.

Delete Inactive Users

As the Account admin / Owner, within Account Settings, simply navigate to Users, then select a user you wish to delete, click Edit, then Delete, then Confirm Delete.

Lower Seat Count in Billing Modal

Last, but not least, be sure to edit your billing details so that you will only be charged for the number of developer licenses you have allotted.

Who is impacted by the 1 project limit?

Only Team and Developer Plan customers that sign up on or after December 15, 2022 will have a 1-project limit. Existing Team and Developer Plan customers will retain all account projects as long as they remain on their current plan. Team plan users choosing to migrate to the Enterprise tier will retain all projects and will be able to add unlimited users. Should you be looking to refresh your projects regardless, see this doc for deleting projects, and this doc for consolidating projects.

I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

We know that these changes might be difficult—especially for our existing customers. Our #1 priority through this migration is ensuring every user feels confident in a go-forward plan that matches their team goals. If you need help reducing developer seats, please reach out to our Support team. If you are interested in exploring the Enterprise tier, you can connect with your regional account manager on our contact page. Both groups are ready to help you navigate these changes, and find the right solution for you.

Last modified on: Dec 14, 2022

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