ACMS - Where to from here? (Was: Re: Rare job posting)
Still say it looks like Lego (Leg Godt?) or maybe "Blockominum" in the
Last I heard (albeit many moons ago) they were big VMS users.
Cheers Richard Maher
PS. Whoever it is, I have to admire them for continuing to support and
enhance their company's IT backbone while many of the their supplier's
representatives treat them as an anachronistic joke. What are their options
going forward? ACMSxp - Doh! Web Connector (Where you talk to another
crappy HTTP server and deliberately avoid any of the TP Monitor benefits?)
Or just tell them to "Wrapper" their legacy 3GL code and tasks in a
pretty-ugly Java/SOAP ribbon?
Hold the phone! Here's a thought: -
Why not take your TDFs and separate out your COBOL (or other 3GL code) into
a shareable image that Tier3 will call directly with your client
messages/parameters, whether they originate from a browser-based application
on the Web, or a native Java/C++ application, or a VMS dumb terminal. The
only additional code required would be a Message-Filter/Packer that would
convert the free-flow, boundless, data from the Tier3 pipe and populate the
ACMS Workspaces that you're used to. (ACMS$T_USERNAME et al could still be
Sound like a plan? A way of looking after loyal customers? Giving them the
opportunity to continue with VMS as their reliable and trusted server
workhorse while at the same time providing them with high-quality, modern,
web-facing, and industry-standard front-ends? (And development tools)
When the customers get used to the Tier3 operating environment they will
realize that they no longer need to be shackled by any ridiculous
"Workspace-Size" restrictions, and that server affinity is now completely
under their control! No more privilege requirements for server processes and
yet Client-Impersonation is available at the flick of a switch! No [S]TDL,
No ADU, No UDU, and *NO CDD*! No ADFs, TDFs and *NO IFDbloodyL*! But your
System Managers still get the Application-Based tuning options for Min
Servers, Max Servers, Idle Timeout and so on.
But what about the loss of ACMS and DECForms support license revenue? What's
in it for the IMM team? Nah, we at VMS Management would much rather lose
those VMS customers all together and cut of out noses rather than suffer
that indignity! "We have our own ways of [not]doing things here, thanks very
much!" - Full steam ahead!
"Arne Vajh°j" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Dr. Dweeb wrote:[color=green]
> > Arne Vajh°j wrote:[color=darkred]
> >> But it is a long time since I have seen ACMS and
> >> DECForms wanted in Denmark.[/color][/color]
> > Where did you see that*[/color]
Re: ACMS - Where to from here? (Was: Re: Rare job posting)
Richard Maher wrote:[color=blue]
> Still say it looks like Lego (Leg Godt?) or maybe "Blockominum" in the
> States :-)
> Last I heard (albeit many moons ago) they were big VMS users.[/color]
Lego was indeed a good VMS customer.
I don't know if there are any VMS systems left at Lego. I doubt it.