• Subject: Re: Software Change Control and Propagation
  • From: DAsmussen <DAsmussen@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 16:41:46 EDT


In a message dated 98-05-13 13:34:23 EDT, you write:

> Anyone know of a simple, and inexpensive, package that will handle
>  change control and the movement of programs from a development
>  system to a production system. 

Simple is a relative term -- most are fairly simple to use, although a fair
knowledge of the AS/400 and it's security are required for setting up all of
them properly.  Inexpensive is also a relative term, although in the broader
sense I wouldn't characterize _ANY_ of "The Majors" as being inexpensive.  I
currently use SoftLanding's TurnOver product with great success
(www.softlanding.com), although Aldon's CMS is probably more prevalent
(www.aldon.com).  IBM also has an offering called ADM (Application Development
Manger) which integrates to PDM (although TurnOver, and probably Aldon CMS
since the last time I used it, does the same).  I know that the Aldon folks
listen in here, but don't think that I can say the same for SoftLanding.

If you're wanting a rudimentary system, you'd probably be better off writing
it yourself.  However, you'd be hard-pressed to duplicate the features
available in either Aldon CMS or TurnOver for what I feel is a reasonable
(albeit expensive) price.  Plus you get the added bonus of possibly hiring new
people that actually have experience with these products...no training!


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-Mail:  DAsmussen@aol.com

"Marriage is like an army.  Everyone complains, but you'd be surprised at how
many re-enlist." -- The Fortune Cookie
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