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John,

It is a one time charge and SWMA is a few hundred a year. It 's really
inexpensive by comparison to other products.

AJS adoption is quite low for a couple of reasons. The Biggest by far is
that business partners do not engage with the clients any longer, and fully
understand the needs. AJS is not in the standard order, it's something you
must add to the configuration so partners don't take the time to add it.
That and most of them have no idea what it can do. We tend to add it and
have the customer force us to remove it (assuming another scheduler is not
already on the system) then teach them how to use it. Same thing with
BRMS. I've not had a single complaint about that tactic since it usually
enhances the customers utilization of the system.

Does AJS have all the feature/function that HelpSystems has, nope. If those
features in the ROBOT product are interesting and or needed, then by all
means buy it, it's good software. AJS simply does 90+% of what you need it
to do.
--
Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects


On Thu, May 12, 2022 at 9:10 AM John Yeung <gallium.arsenide@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

On Thu, May 12, 2022 at 8:50 AM Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis
<midrange@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Another consideration is the Advanced Job Scheduler which I believe can
do this. It has many other benefits as well.

It is a one time charge only and after that it's covered by normal SWMA.

I didn't realize that. That does make it more attractive in terms of
cost. Attractive *enough* for cash-strapped departments? That would
depend on the specific price and the scheduling needs of the
organization.

Judging by the frequency of scheduling questions on this list, it
seems to me that AJS adoption is quite low. I suspect that IBM would
make more money by making it standard on all systems and charging a
little more for all systems.

John Y.
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