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The following are common questions asked by jobbers and convenience store operators interested in ScotSys/2000. This list will be reviewed and updated periodically. If your question isn't answered here, e-mail me and I will be happy to respond directly.
Do my people have to be computer experts to learn to use your system?
Does your system run in a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) environment?
Some systems I have seen make you post your transaction in batches, such as accounts receivables and deposits, and then you have to update each batch in order
to close the month or send out statements. Does your system work in that way?
I already have several small computers in my office representing a substantial investment. I've been attempting to find a Year 2000 Ready software program that
will replace the one I've been using without having to buy more equipment. Can I install ScotSys/2000 on my current hardware?
Small computers are noted for their perceived speed in regards to their interface with the computer operator and their ability to display pictures quickly, but that advantage quickly disappears when it comes to the issue of processing transactions. Transactions make up the daily company's business. Some people refer to transaction processing as "batch processing." The AS/400 will process an hours worth of PC transactions in less than 10 minutes. So while the PC is grinding away processing your company's transactions, our AS/400 customers are reading their reports and making decisions to help their businesses. And speed is of little importance when pitted against reliability. ScotSys/2000 programs incorporate over 1,000 databases. Working over a massive database like that will tax your PCs capabilities. The oil marketing and convenience store businesses are more complex than the average businesses, and it takes a complex system to maintain such a complex environment.
The computer industry is evolving toward what's being called a "Client/Server" environment, whereas the small office computers run the actual processes and more reliable AS/400 servers manage the company's valuable data. As it has been for several years now, current users are providing the test market vendors need to perfect their small computer software. It's difficult for us to test software in an environment that keeps changing so rapidly. The current personal computer technology has reached the end of its life-cycle. It's time to leave that technology behind and move on to something less expensive and immeasurably better.
The AS/400 makes an ideal server for your PCs. At present, you can retain your current investment in personal computers by utilizing the computer network that you currently own, and connecting it to an inexpensive AS/400. All you have to do is to put a LAN card in your AS/400 and join it to your existing network. This will allow direct communications with the AS/400 while retaining the amenities offered by personal computers. When reliable Client/Server technology arrives, you will be ready to take advantage of the new era of computing. An AS/400 server cost as little as $8,000. That's a small price to pay to leave your PC network problems behind forever.
So keep your word processors, spreadsheets and PC utilities - we encourage you to do that. And if you feel you must, run ScotSys/2000 on you office PC network. But if you'll replace you PC server with an AS/400, you'll save a bundle of money and kiss network problems goodbye.
Where can I get information on an AS/400?
Can I acquire ScotSys/2000 through the mail?
Can I run my windows programs on an AS/400?
Until now, the AS/400 was solely a proprietary computer system, which meant that only software designed for the AS/400 would run on the AS/400. Either way, you will still be able to run PC applications on your personal computers and you can share data between the PCs and the AS/400 easily. Client Access/400 is a software package that makes the PC to AS/400 integration appear almost transparent to the user.
What is meant by the term "Native AS/400 Applications"?
Many software companies still market their Sys/36 applications as "true" AS/400 applications. But they must be run on the AS/400 in the "Sys/36" environment and the performance is very disappointing. ScotSys/2000 is year 2000 ready AND is a truly "Native" AS/400 application. ScotSys/2000 also complies with IBM's System Application Architecture (SAA) environment. SAA compliance is important to allow seamless interfaces to other applications, such as EDI translators.
Can I hook up to my trading partners using ScotSys/2000
How much is your software support?
How much downtime may I expect?
I keep hearing about "TCO" What does it mean?
Your PC guys are going to tell you that TCO is a big plot to get rid of Microsoft. That's "job security" talking. TCO is increasing at a rate of 25% per year, and upper -level management is becoming seriously concerned about the impact TCO is having on their operations. The time is coming soon where buying a computer and software is going to be like buying a cow so you can have a glass of milk. TCO, second only to the Year 2000 fiasco, will eat your company up if you don't find some way to track it quickly. Then the next problem coming down the pipeline is "standards". This is going to be a real exciting decade.
(To Be Continued)
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