That was my idea Jim. I would get a budget number, then make the decision
based on functionality. I did get a budget number, so that vendor is in the
lead already due to responsiveness. I'm going to buy the software from one
of the companies; I just needed a number because I can only go to the well
once. Thanks!

On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM, Jim Oberholtzer <
midrangel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


I think the issue is twofold. First none of them wants to be in a
competitive situation so if your shopping around, and they know it, there
a feeling of becoming proposal fodder so they won't put you on a front
burner. Second, most of the software companies have cut the
sales/marketing staff so far the ones that are left are really busy.

I would pick the one you like, tell them from a feature/function standpoint
they are in the lead, and compare from there. For budgetary purposes I
would pick one if the larger ( read: more expensive ) packages. Then
have a good number, and maybe one you can live with.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Michael Ryan
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 8:58 AM
To: Non-Technical Discussion about the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)
Subject: Re: Change Management Vendor Costs / estimating project cost

They just seem to be reluctant to get in touch with me. One has, and
another is saying they're in meetings. And the third hasn't contacted me.
Business must be good.

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