Konrad, First of all, a PTF doesn't necessarily mean a fix (obviously most of them are fixes to issues). Some PTFs are actually new function that has been added to the product. EC is constantly adding new functions or enhancing functions in our product where business requirements nessistate. EC is a REAL app that was designed and coded in 94-95 time frame and has been enhanced with every release. We don't support everything, but we hit many of the major transactions that the MAPICS customer base needs to do their job. Why do you think that COM needs a MAJOR rewrite. Obviously there are issues with COM in certain areas and a rewrite would be a welcome sight, but that is definetly not the direction of the company as you have already said. To say that OEI is better than COM is a little ridiculous. If you don't need the features that COM provides (Enhanced Pricing, Blanket order processing, Packing, integrated EDI solutions, expanded ship-to support, User Exit support, etc.) then staying with OE&I makes sense. Michael Franchino Custom Systems Corporation http://www.cussys.com (973) 726-0202 X214 (Phone) (973) 726-4552 (Fax) Konrad Underkofler <kdunderk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent by: mapics-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx 03/28/2003 08:49 AM Please respond to MAPICS ERP System Discussion To: "'MAPICS ERP System Discussion'" <mapics-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx> cc: Subject: RE: RE: Mapics data extract Oh well, I just have to Paola... > It is a good solid product PTF 4600+ and counting. R7 dead in water. We just had to download Rev 33 of the client so we could delete an item in EPDM! This is a product that has been out for several years, how can it not delete items? > and is continually being updated as business needs change. I think I missed that. COM needs a complete rethink and rewrite. The last real MAPICS app was REP done back in 90 or 91? Otherwise the functionality is the same as it was this past decade. Most of the goodness resides in the Mfg area, but flexibility is not included. > On the other hand, with MAPICS you have a full customer support team to help guide you through problems, training, and issues. So even though you have employees coming and going over the years, you still have the support team at MAPICS to help support your users. If they have not been laid off yet. MAPICS XA is clearly not MAPICS Inc strategic application set anymore following years of effort, all semi-successful to get off green screen AS/400 and its associated costs. I believe most MAPICS development is being done in India now. So, in answer to the data extract question. 1) Whatever version of MAPICS you have is probably just like the current one in function with the exception of COM replacing OEI. My advice stick with it. Depending on what release you are on, the upgrade path may be brutal. In any case the older versions (ie pre COM) are good efficient machine users and do not require outlandish CPW ratings to function. 2) Extracting data is more practical if you just get the customer and items (ie CUSMAS and ITEMAS) and then cut over and start again. Run the existing system till all transactions have cleared while bringing up the new one merging the results on paper. 3) Custom programs are far easier now than they used to be if you requirements don't fit MAPICS well. You will easily spend enough in license fees, upgrades, mods, consulting to make the custom solution doable in a lot of cases. Regards Konrad _______________________________________________ This is the MAPICS ERP System Discussion (MAPICS-L) mailing list To post a message email: MAPICS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/mapics-l or email: MAPICS-L-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/mapics-l.
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