• Subject: Re: Small Firm Software for the AS/400
  • From: nina jones <ddi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 18:14:58 -0600
  • Organization: data design inc http://www.datadesigninc.com

> 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...

well, supportnet's still around.  they were bought by gates arrow last year, but
we still use them.

we have accounting, but it's old, and we really need to upgrade it.  it also 
from the old days, and it still works, but it's not glitzy like peachtree or

when you say 30 to 100 employees, do you mean users?

para research is still around, and had a cheap solution about a year ago.  but i
have no idea how good their stuff is.

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