• Subject: Re: AS/SET Training /Consulting
  • From: DAsmussen@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 23:00:27 EDT


In a message dated 98-07-21 22:01:58 EDT, you write:

> We are currently in the processing of upgrading our BPCS 4.01 to 6.04 mixed
>  mode on an AS/400.

Good luck!  (You're going to need it!)

>  We have made modifications to the BPCS code.  I understand that the new
>  BPCS is written in AS/SET and it would be necessary to make our
>  modifications in AS/SET.

Most of the new BPCS is written in AS/Set, COM (ORD500) and all of the
financials are written in ODW.  ODW is _supposedly_ GA now, but I have yet to
hear of anyone outside of SSA actually receiving a copy.

>  Does anyone know of other sources for AS/SET training?  Preferably in
>  California.  I've already checked into the SSA courses.  They have two
>  classes one in August and one in October.  Also has anyone taken the
>  SSA course?  Any comments?

I've not heard of any, although I'd be more than glad to offer any advice for
free on this forum.  SSA's courses still follow the AS/Set tutorial (you got
the manual with the package, although it's probably on CD-ROM now) ver batim.
Unfortunately, the AS/Set Tutorial examples _aren't_ how SSA used AS/Set for

Personally, I wouldn't waste my time and money on the SSA courses.  You can go
through the tutorial on your own, and not have to put up with an idiotic
instructor that can't answer your larger questions anyway because they've
never written a lick of non-AS/Set code in their life.  If they're still
available, I'd review the BPCS "shell" documentation in relation to AS/Set.
Unfortunately, we were told that the "shells" that we used under 5.1.01 were
not updated for 6.0.02 (formerly in application set SHELL5101).  We _did_ find
that the 5.1 shells would work with V6, however.

You mentioned consulting in your subject, but not in your note.  AS/Set
consultants are expen$ive and, despite the cost, _good_ ones are hard to find.
My current primary client has cycled _eight_ through over the last two years,
with myself and one other remaining throughout.  There just _aren't_ that many
folks out there with both AS/Set _and_ BPCS experience that aren't working for
SSA or an affiliate.  ESC is booked through Y2K, but I'd be glad to help you
pre-qualify anyone you were trying to hire in this area...


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-Mail:  DAsmussen@aol.com

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