We are evaluating consolidating to a single instance /
single database now - quite a daunting task. Could I
trouble you to answer a few questions for me? 

- What version of BPCS are you on?
- Mixed mode or Client Server?
- Other than the ones described in your note, did you
make any special mods to facilitate your
- What model AS/400 are you on?
- How many users do you have and have you experienced
any performance problems?
- Is your WAN Frame, PtP, VPN and what bandwidth did
you find was required? Did you come up with any
correlation to # of Users?
- We have sites in Brazil and Italy which both have
special Local Statuatory Regulations (I think AU may
as well)- do you have any feel for how to handle this
as we currently run the BPCS Local Packs there?
- Do you have any idea of what volumes of orders and
line items you receive each day?

That is all I can think of for now - I really would
appreciate any answers you could provide. Please email
me directly at ccamp200@xxxxxxxxxx


We are running an older release of BPCS with sites
across the US, in England, 
Germany, Singapore and Australia all using
the same database. The main problem that we ran into
was system availability.  

We were having to take the system for about 5 hours
for batch processing 
including daily backups. There was also a
weekly file reorg on Sunday night that took about 5
hours. We took the 5 hour 
batch processing window from about 9pm mst
(our main site) until about 2am mst.  This was taking
the system away from 
Germany for all of their morning, and away
from Singapore for all of their afternoon.  

We were told to reduce the time that the system was
unavailable down to one 
hour.  We took the process in steps.  Our
first step was to use a file mirroring utility that
allows us to back up our 
system while the production system is still
active.  That bought us about 3 hours.  Our second
step was to re-engineer the 
batch processing.   We made sure that any
processes still in the batch processing window still
belonged there.  Then, we 
tweaked the invoice job, allowing it to
run while the system was available.  That took it out
of the batch processing 

Those actions brought our average batch window to
under an hour.  The system is 
available at 6am for Germany, and for
Singapore, we usually take the system at around 12:15
and give it back by about 

date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 16:49:57 EST
from: DHolv@xxxxxxx
subject: Running overseas operations on AS400 in the


I would appreciate hearing about any experiences with
running BPCS in the Far 
East on an AS400 located in the US.  We would be
running 4.05CD.  Looking for 
communications issues, response time, help desk, etc.
- any issues, 
recommendations (or experiences good or bad) you may
have had.


Dan Holverson



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