I see some benefit to being verbose, on this particular topic...  You are
not only preaching to the converted.

IMV, you're also laying the groundwork to help the converted to keep their
jobs...  ("Best defense is a good offense"... Vince Lombardi, IIRC.)


| -----Original Message-----
| From: midrange-l-admin@midrange.com
| [mailto:midrange-l-admin@midrange.com]On Behalf Of Jan Megannon
| Sent: Friday, December 07, 2001 4:52 PM
| To: midrange-l@midrange.com
| Subject: Re: Unix
| Importance: High
| >
| HI Al Mac,
| Excuse my belated response to this.
| When I mentioned SAP and the 400 on this list the other day, I
| was actually
| referring to many of the topics you address here: What are the
| costs of changing
| platform, not just app?
| The cost of 're-tooling' your network, peripherals,
| infrastructure and IT staff
| (programmers,etc). This excludes the support load placed on your
| IT staff due to
| the fact that the users (FD, etc.) no longer know how to acces
| the DB, due to the
| fact that Client Accident data transfer is all that they know.
| They were never
| trained on the new tfr functions, as this type of service was
| never identified as
| 'needed'.
| Too often the financial types focus too much on the tangible and
| quantifiable
| aspects of the platform change that they lose sight of those that
| they cannot
| quantify! More often than not, these are then where you
| experience 'scope creep'.
| Once the intangibles and non-quantifiables are brought into line,
| it will be
| realised that the original budget (thumbsuck?) actually grew
| exponentially!
| There is so much more on this issue, but seeing as I am talking
| to the converted,
| why be more verbose?
| Cheers.
| Jan.
| >
| > How are all your devices connected to the 400 today?
| > Do they use twinax or some other system that will not work on
| Unix & will
| > have to be replaced?
| > Do you have any dumb terminals & printers that will have to be replaced?
| > What kind of cost associated with that?
| >
| > Every time I have done a conversion, the biggest cost is the
| retraining of
| > the personnel of the company on the new system.  Figure several
| weeks worth
| > of classes times the number of people who work for the company.
| >
| > Weigh that against the alleged benefits of switching to the 400.
| >
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