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  • Subject: RE: Change Management
  • From: Joe Teff <jteff19@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 06:36:28 -0500

> We're investigating Change management systems - Aldon, Silvon, Thenon 
> (the 3 greek gods of change!). They all look very similar in function. 
> Anybody got opinions good, bad or ugly? Hopefully the sales people for 
> these companies won't answer! 

I've used the Silvon package in the past with a good deal of success. It has
been a while but I'll try to include all the high points and low points (some
of these issues can probably be blamed on setup and lack of training).

   We had two separate data libraries because the two divisions wanted their
       data totally separate - not by a company number in the files. We had a
       test environment for both and a QA environment for both. The package
       handled this well.
   It supported multiple checkouts with conflict management, though this was
       a little confusing at times.
   You could easily see what was checked out, by who and for what.
   The learning curve was fairly short.
   There was a hook into Hawkeye, so all checkouts, checkins, promotions were
       immediately available to that tool.

   Obsoleting objects required a two-step process - checkout and then checkin -
      instead of a single step.
   There was no inquiry to view all of the change activity for a specific 
object (for
      example, you couldn't see all of the checkouts, checkins, promotions for a
      program). This is something that is very nice when trying to resolve why 
      error may be occurring.

I can't recall any other specifics at this time, though overall I was satisfied 
the product.

Joe Teff
Information Technology Consultant
IBM Certified Specialist - AS/400 RPG Programmer
Quality Data Systems
Minneapolis, MN

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