In the IBM AS/400 / iSeries / System/i midrange computing world, it is
commonplace for people all over the world to be able to sign onto any given
system, provided the system has been setup to accept remote users, and you
they have been issued the security particulars to do so.
You should ask each new client if they have something like this setup & if
you may connect that way.
This arrangement is of course much more frequently pre-arranged at
facilities that have multiple facilities in different communities than a
This makes it vastly more efficient for business system analysts
consultants to service clients, with much less travel time.
Where I work, the justification for setting this up in the first place was:
* our people visiting our customer sites can connect to the home office &
check up on particulars about what we are doing for those customers
* people, with temporary family distractions, can intermittently connect to
the office from home
* people like me, can do support & trouble shooting, whenever and wherever
we are 24x7, without having to be at the office 24x7
* our people, in transit, for whatever reason, are never separated from the
corporate systems ... BPCS or anything else ... engineering drawings,
quotes, inter-company e-mail
* cost of serious tech support lower if they can get the job done in an
hour or so, than if they also have to travel to our site, especially if a
series of separate diagnosis inspections needed
In years past, Oracle had a reputation for being much more expensive than
BPCS, but in recent years BPCS pricing has been escalating, so that might
not be true anymore.
This impacts the justification to not want to spend money on certain
resources, that is commonplace.
I'm working remotely in a different state, so I can't easily access this
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