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Message Posted: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 @ 18:53:20 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Proxima Technology
From:   David Hough


Let me see if I've got this right.

NCR thinks that a stand alone desktop tool like VEComp whose audience is DBAs/developers should be bundled with Teradata Manager, a system administration tool that includes operator console capability, resusage analysis, performance measurement and system parameter setting, any/all of which can have serious system performance impacts. WHY?!? What on earth makes you thing they have anything in common? Is this yet another case of NCR software development not wanting to go through the internal hassle of setting up a new product id? Yes, I know that I can use grants/passwords to control access to the problem features, but it also means that I have to increase my security monitoring to check for violators.

I've been trying to get a couple of other tools in Teradata Manager unbundled for more than a year now, and this just one more I'm going to have to get in a fight about. This is going to force me to mount the entire contents of the Teradata Manager CD-ROM and the license disk on the web so that the DBAs and developers can install VEComp. This is ludicrous. I finally, FINALLY got network install capablity on TUF6.0.1 so I can install packages to my internal servers for distribution and now I'm going to have fight that battle again!

NCR as an organization needs to understand that installation procedures for colocated workgroups (hand the CD & license over the cube wall) DO NOT WORK for large companies with offices in 26 states and overseas. We're trying to serve our customers from a central location with a single support staff, and it's really difficult when the NCR keeps putting roadblocks in our way!

Please THINK before you make unilateral decisions like this. Ask the PAC and the SFT for input; that's why they're there.

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