System Software Associates (SSA) plans to move version 6.0 of its BPCS applications into the Windows NT market early next year because, it says, NT support has now become a tick-list item in the software buying world.
The first BPCS application to move to NT will be supply chain management, which is due in the first half of next year, but SSA?s entire product suite will follow suit by the end of 1998.
Roger Covey, SSA?s chief executive, said: ?Whether it?s true or not, there?s a belief that total cost of ownership is lower on NT. Customers want a product that supports NT to put into their small sites, but they want the same functionality that Unix provides without necessarily putting in the level of infrastructure that Unix needs.
He continued: "But, NT is also starting to move into medium-sized companies and is becoming a check-list item. The idea is that if you want to chuck AS/400 or Unix in the future, then you need NT support so customers can move to it.?
He added that, while the majority of the firm?s installed base was still firmly rooted in the AS/400 camp, some 40 per cent of new licence sales came from Unix.
However, following SSA?s well documented troubles with version 6.0 of BPCS, it emerged that only 10 per cent of its 8,500-strong customer base has as yet upgraded, although SSA plans a big marketing campaign over the next few months to encourage users to migrate.
The programme will emphasise that it would be better to take advantage of the new functionality of version 6.0 than implement the firm?s Millennium bug fix offering, BPCS for Century Date, as an interim measure to get round the Year 2000 problem (see Newswire 8 August).
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