• Subject: Re: Please advise
  • From: Chuck Lewis <clewis@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 09:29:31 +0000

Rob,

I agree with the EDI part and Web done CORRECTLY would be great BUT...

If you are being approached by suppliers that are wanting YOU to use their
websites to enter orders instead of faxing them as is done now (our applications
automatically do this), that stinks. This in my mind is a TOTAL "cutesy" deal
that shifts data entry work from them to us just so they can say the are online
when they SHOULD be using EDI ! Ugh...

JMHO !

Chuck

Rob Berendt wrote:

> But look at this concept.  With the advent of EDI, and Web
> order entry, isn't the job of heads down data entry being reduced?
>
> leslier@datrek.com on 01/12/2000 05:17:28 PM
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> > Quit being such a heretic! It's widely known, and argued here frequently,
> > that RPG is _all_ the AS/400 ever needs to build a competitive AS/400. ;)
>
> I expect more from such a well liked midrange pundit as yourself than
> such baseless sarcasm. If you would stop being purposely obtuse you
> would see that I never said RPG was all the 400 needed, I said that you
> and the other bandwagon jumpers can't expect us to abandon years of
> experience at the drop of a hat.
> My whole argument, putting aside my dislike of News/400 which I admit is
> out of place in the list, is that there is no valid reason to jump ship
> when the AS/400 and RPG are both stable albeit quirky tools for the
> business programmer.
> Instead of making snide comments, which do nothing but lower your
> stature, prove me wrong show me numbers. Show me the number of
> e-applications that are currently being developed in comparison to the
> number of heads down data entry apps. You will never, and I mean never
> convince me that data entry types want a GUI interface to their
> applications. I have tried it with seagull and other screen scrapers and
> always gotten hostile response.
> I admit, and agree that the 400 is not strong in the gui arena but I
> don't think it is data entry types who are driving the surge toward gui.
> I think the bedazzled developers are not think about the data entry
> personnel when the shove a point and click interface down the users
> throat.
> Take BPCS GUI order entry module as a case in point, it was so slow and
> unwieldy that we had to discontinue implementation, the customer service
> department just could not use the darn thing, and they didn't want to be
> forced to go back and forth between mouse and 10 key all day long.
>
> --
> L. S. Russell Programmer/Analyst
> Datrek Professional Bags, Inc.
> 2413 Industrial Drive
> Springfield, TN. 37172
> mailto:leslier@datrek.com
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