• Subject: Small Firm Software for the AS/400
  • From: DAsmussen@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 17:03:01 EST

Hey Folks!

I need your help.  As most of you know (those that post and/or have been
members of midrange-l for a while, anyway), I used to specialize in small
accounts.  This is no longer the case, and hasn't been for quite some years.
Yesterday, I got a call from a client of mine from the "old days" (hey, I've
had the same listed phone number for 11 years!) wanting some advice.  They
have been running DMAS on a /36 (recently, 436) for many years.  They are in
the process of switching to BPCS (with no input from me) for most of their
business, but are looking at spinning off one division into its own entity in
the near future.

Now that I've bored you to tears, does anyone know of an affordable /400-based
solution that will handle general accounting (GL, AP, AR) and OE/I for a small
company with 30 employees and an eventual maximum of 100?  In "ye olden" days,
I probably would have worked out a deal with IBM (DMAS), SW2K (now Infinium),
Lawson, or SupportNet (most likely).  Now, I no longer work for an IBM agent
firm, don't know if DMAS is even offered, if SupportNet is still in business,
or if Infinium or Lawson even cater to small clients anymore.  I'd love to see
the client go for a /400 based solution because of the reliability inherit in
the system, but would have a hard time recommending something that would cost
them over $1K USD/employee when there are so many network based solutions out
there for companies of this size.  And yes, I've already made the "cost of
ownership" argument.  I want the /400 solution in there, but really don't know
what to even offer these days.  All help appreciated, even vendors...

TIA,

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

"The best way to win an argument is to begin by being right." -- Jill
Ruckleshaus
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