• Subject: RE: Automation of Month-end Close
  • From: Marc Chartrand <MarcC@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 17:32:15 -0400

We are basically in the process of doing so at the moment. 
Our month end is a mixture of AS/400 RPG based programs and Crystal Seagate
info reports. Essentially we use ROBOT to schedule all the AS/400 jobs. It
is a lot of hard work to actually schedule the client/server program as it
usually means we have to decipher the AS/SET code to get the right
parameters loaded in the LDA. Since most programs need date parameters, we
have written an RPG that provides the start date and end date of a given
period and use a special file that contains the period for which the month
end is being run. The dates are retrieved in GPL based on the period. We use
a similar mechanism to feed dates to our Seagate reports. 

As far as synchronization of the Seagate Info and Robot jobs is concerned we
essentially use semaphore files that the Seagate Info server is polling.
Once it has done its part, it changes the value of the semaphore file to
reflect the status change. Robot has jobs waiting on these value and can
simply restart the month-end process.

We have not yet reached a stage where all the jobs are run automatically but
we intend to do so for the next month-end.

Marc Chartrand
Eicon Technology

-----Original Message-----
From: Wayne Sheehan [mailto:wayne.sheehan@powerbar.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 1999 10:05 PM
To: BPCS-L@midrange.com
Subject: RE: Automation of Month-end Close


Has anyone designed or developed a process to automate the BPCS month-end
processes? 
   We are on 6.004 in a HP/Unix environment and looking for a more efficient
manner for completing
   the month-end jobs without having someone to have to execute each one
manually.

   Wayne Sheehan

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