At 05:20 PM 12/16/97 +0000, Art Tostaine, Jr. wrote:
>Al Barsa, Jr. wrote:
>> At 12:42 PM 12/11/97 -0500, you wrote:
>> >Anyone using the IBM Marketed BYPASS2000 tool on RPG code?
>> >
>> >Would like to hear comments/praises/warnings.
>> After some deep searching, we have chose BYPASS2000 as our tool of choice,
>> and we have a project starting at a client now.
>> Problems:
>> 1.      Until last week, it had no data analysis tool (i.e.:  look at
your data,
>> and find the dates, regardless of what kind of field they are in).  IBM did
>> announce a product last week, but it was VERY expensive.  For data analysis
>> we are using a tool from Charlie Massoglia, which is still in the late
>> stages of beta testing.  It looks like it will do the job well, and for the
>> right price.  (Although if I were Charlie, and I saw IBM SpaceShuttle-like
>> pricing for their data analysis tool, I might raise my prices.)
>Does this mean it can't find dates in your physical (or logical files),
but can find
>them in program source?
>> Al Barsa, Jr. 
>Art Tostaine, Jr.

Art,  if you tell it [BYPASS]  the location of the date fields in the files
- it will then search its  Little AS/400 heart out trying to map these
through the system. It may seem  lethargic but it is very  busy @work doing
its thing. Unless you have  an Impact Analysis{IA} tool  you have to feed
manually the beast. Automated  IA  also offers some  additional benefits.  

Several IA Tools are available in the industry some good  some  better some
from  Al's used car salesman analogy group.  BYPASS is far from cheap in
cost once all the  components required are considered.  Not  saying it is
not a good concept but that  you have to enter all this with open eyes not
just open pocketbooks.  The product does  have a place  as do  others
commercially available.

The investment you make in Y2K tool set(s) should be evaluated against
needs, time to  failure, resources and size of the job.  There is  more
then one  answer. And you might not have to do as much as it  first
appears.- The discovery is  up to you.

Please  don't
A-  Build your own now
B-  Do it Manually - it takes too long (unless it is very small)

etc  etc
There are many  concerns including analysis paralysis
 ( getting  stuck in  tool/remediation analysis)


Happy Holiday Season

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