David, In a message dated 97-09-29 17:27:24 EDT, you write: > I'm curious as to how many people actually TRUST their software > package vendors? > > 1. How vigorously do you test your application software when you get > a minor update (less than 10 problems fixed)? Major update / new > release? We install only those upgrades that we have identified as pertinent to a particular problem. We do NOT subscribe to the wholesale implementation of CUM-type upgrades. > 2. How vigorously do you plan on testing your application software > for Y2K compliance? My primary client has more than 10 contractors and several in-house staff working on this situation. They have already installed a new AS/400 JUST for testing Y2K, as changing system dates on production and development systems would cause GREAT unrest. They currently have four levels of testing planned, all of which should be complete about a month prior to SSA's planned date of having release 6 of BPCS "Y2K Certified". > 3. How vigorously do you test your utility software when you get a > minor update (less than 10 problems fixed)? Major update? Y2K > update? Not as much as we should. These changes are often "dumped in" with problems expected to "come out in the wash". Hey, most of our stuff comes from IBM doesn't it ;-)? > 4. What about HARDWARE vendors??? Not much better than utility software vendors. > 5. What about PC software vendors? This is fairly tightly controlled. All ramifications of a new software release for the PC must be fully evaluated. I'll use my last account as an example, as nothing so pervasive has happened at the current one (although they have a similar policy, a new OS has yet to be chosen at the new site) -- it took FOUR YEARS after the release of MS-Word 6.0 before the package was adopted company-wide. Why? 1. The company is multi-national, and the bi-lingual versions of Word 6.0 weren't available until some time after the US release of the product. 2. After the multi-national versions of Word 6.0 were released, there were still problems integrating the package with the (company standard) Interleaf publisher. 3. Once the Interleaf issues were worked out, there were still incompatibilities with other ancillary packages to be resolved. I realize that 90+% of companies cannot afford a second AS/400 to test Y2K issues. However, you could "come to an agreement" with a similarly sized user in your area to do some cross-checking on the weekend. You could also beat IBM over the head a bit... JMHO, Dean Asmussen Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc. Fuquay-Varina, NC USA E-Mail: DAsmussen@AOL.COM "Success is a ladder that cannot be climbed with your hands in your pockets." -- Anonymous +--- | This is the BPCS Users Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to "BPCS-L@midrange.com". | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MAJORDOMO@midrange.com | and specify 'unsubscribe BPCS-L' in the body of your message. | Questions should be directed to the list owner: email@example.com +---
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