Oz Turnkey System
Many of you have upgraded to Oz already, but some of you are still using OOPS!
Although we love OOPS!, it is 20 years old and we have to admit that as a
DOS system it has gone just about as far as it can go. . . and if we do
say so ourselves, that's pretty good for a old DOS app in a Windows
world. In terms of support, it has outlasted a lot of software,
including Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows 98. Microsoft dropped
support for these operating systems many years ago already. Could it be
that they dropped support for these systems to force their user base to
"upgrade" to their new systems? Many of our competitors have followed
suit and also used this tactic. We don't do business that way.
Years ago, after much research, we made the decision to develop for a
platform other than Windows. Since then we have been asked over and
over why we weren't developing a Windows CMMS. We have always said that
when Microsoft gives us a secure, stable Windows operating system, we
would consider it. That time has not come. How many times has your
Windows operating system been brought to its knees by a virus, worm or
bug? In seven years, none of our Oz users has ever had a virus or worm .
. . There was one user who found a minor bug. How much time has your
IT department spent installing patches and fixes? In seven years, our Oz
users' IT Departments have never had to install patches and/or fixes
for the Oz system. And, don't even get me started on "security" I
don't believe there are many knowledgable folks out there who would
argue that Windows is "secure". We believe we made the right decision
to develop for an alternative platform.
But I digress - Oz - Oz is the evolution of OOPS! - We've kept all of
the features of OOPS!, but we've also utilized the features of the eCS
operating system that makes Oz:
1. easier to use (graphical user interface)
2. multitasking (object-oriented interface)
3. secure (you cannot get to the core of eCS like you can in Windows)
There are lots of changes that you can read about on our web page: www.oops-web.com and you can see screen shots too.
Where Are We and How Did We Get Here?
Oz has been around for over 7 years, and it keeps getting better. It's
been a long road - and there have been plenty of roadblocks, but we have
not given up. We believed, and still believe, that we made the right
choice in direction. Beside, being tested makes you stronger, right?
Oz was not developed for the Windows platform(s), and virtually every
computer comes with some version of Windows preinstalled, so we made the
decision to sell Oz as a turnkey system. At first our computers were
built by a third party, but eventually, we started building them
in-house. We did this to make it easy and convenient for the user - the
user doesn't have to find the right components, install an operating
system, install a database or even install Oz. We feel the user has
better things to do so we deliver Oz ready to use.
Users wanted to network Oz, but, if they had 4 or more users, some found
the cost of multiple users on Oz main and client machines prohibitive.
We found a solution. Today, it is no longer necessary to purchase
multiple machines, if you have multiple users. You still have to
purchase user licenses for every concurrent user, but you can use your
existing machines for clients. We utilized both virtual technology and
the web to accomplish this goal.
Some users wanted the ability to browse an Oz system in a sister plant
or plants to check for parts on hand, etc. Oz now has this capability
via your browser. You can use this feature through the internet or
through your intranet.
All the while, we have offered support at a reasonable price for the DOS
OOPS! and the Oz systems. We have also offered free data conversion
from OOPS! to Oz and have offered onsite training, not on a per person
basis, but on a flat fee basis for up to five users. This training is
usually in conjunction with installation and when we leave a customers'
site, that customer is well on his way. No lost data, minimal
Where Are We Going?
Certainly NOT AWAY. We have met the challenges and we intend to continue
to offer secure, stable, up-to-date, easy to use applications. We are
currently working on a CD for Oz that will run on any operating system
for demo purposes only.
Will OOPS! run under the new "Vista Windows"?
We don't know. Microsoft has been trying for years to eliminate DOS
programs. Insuring that OOPS! will run under Vista, (if and when it is
released) will require a great deal of work and extensive testing - this
could require that we increase the cost of the OOPS! support. Have you
kept your support current? Some folks tell us, "We never have to call,
we never have any problems, why should we renew support." Since the
OOPS! user base is shrinking, the cost would fall on fewer shoulders. Is
this a good investment? We won't drop support for OOPS!, but we may
not support it if you run it under Vista.
We thank all of our users, both OOPS! and Oz, for there continued confidence and support.
Oz tip 1: In order to save typing, if you want to reuse words or phrases, you can copy and paste.
Highlight the text to be copied,
Hold down "Ctrl" key and press the "Insert" key.
Release both. (the text has been copied to the clipboard)
Place your cursor in the field where you want to paste the text,
Hold down the "Shift" key and press the "Insert" key.
Release both. (at this point, you should have text in your field)
Oz tip 2: In order to force your most used items to appear first in your look-up, place a * before the entry.
Oz tip 3: Using your look-ups to populate fields, not only saves you
typing, but also keeps your data consistant and makes for neater
OOPS/Oz Support: ||1 (412) 488-9730|
OOPS/Oz Fax: || 1 (412) 488-0190|