Jeff,

I recommend a change management tool for any shop that's doing significant
development regardless of it's size.  There are other benefits to a change
management tool besides controlling your production environment.  While I
only have experience with Implmenter, I expect most if not all of the change
management tools provide the same level of productivity gain.  Think of a
big install with several hundred objects.  A change management tool will
compile all of these objects into a staging library.  This can be done days
before the install.  When you perform the actual move to production, the
tool will move the objects instead of compiling them.  In an extreme case, a
12 hour Sunday install can be done in 1 or 2 hours.  Since all of the
objects have already been compiled you're not exposed to compilation errors
during the install.  I've seen programmers resistant to change management
become believers after their first big install using the tool.

Regards,
Stan

-----Original Message-----
From: JGracetri@aol.com [mailto:JGracetri@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 29 November, 2000 4:18 AM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: shop size/change mngmnt 


how many pgmrs make a a small. medium or large shop.

where i work has grown from 2 to 5 and may add one more prgmr.

the question comes up every time we bring a new person in how about change 
mngmnt.

the business is a med size furniture mfg.

we have a large backlog of request for changes and new projects.

we have jd edwards for inventory and a/p.

the rest is home grown software some rpgII thru ile.

we are run by and work for accountants/upper mngmnt

is change mngmnt going to be just another stumbling block for the prgmr

and something else to be managed on top of everything else.

i would enjoy your comments and recommendations of change mngmnt software
for 
the 400


thank you 

jeff grace
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