• Subject: Re: multiple time zones on 1 AS/400
  • From: Peter Coffin <phcoffin@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 12:00:06 -0500

Fred writes:

> I'm running into a problem at month end, when my West
> coast users need to work until midnight (their time) to ship orders.  My
> AS/400's date has changed to be the new month, since it is after
> midnight in the East, so my West coast users transactions are now dated
> with the wrong month.  Anyone else dealing with East/West time zone
> issues?

Normally, I'd take a bit of BOFH attitude on this one and insist that the
business rule be changed to reflect that the month closes at midnight
Eastern Time, and be done with it. It's not just a computer issue, but one
of process across the whole organization, faxes and phone calls included.
Personally, I've always been a fan of having all computers set to GMT, and
left there. If a user wants to know what time it is locally, she can look
at a watch.

If you can't manage to get the rules changes, set the AS/400 to PT, and
and declare the problem solved. Only you and the ops people need care.



Peter H. Coffin
phcoffin@us.ibm.com
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