OZ/OOPS! Newsletter

SCOOPS! Newsletter Holiday Issue, 1993


We know how important Technical Support is to our ever-growing base of OOPS!® users. That's why we hired Wendy Hosking, the newest member of our Falcon Support team. Wendy started December 1st and will be working closely with Jenifer, Herb and Julie to give you the best support in the CMMS industry!

Wendy is from Mt. Lebanon, in the South Hills section of Pittsburgh. Before joining OOPS!®, she worked for Continental Insurance Company as a Personal Lines Underwriter. She has experience in software and programming support. She has also done tutoring so we look for her to participate in upcoming OOPS!® training programs. During her free time, Wendy enjoys camping and canoeing and just "spending time with her family."

Wendy says she is excited about OOPS!® and is eager to start getting to know the users. With her experience and outgoing personality, we know that Wendy will be a real asset to our team. 


Concern for the environment has led us to change the packaging of our software. You may have noticed that we have replaced our plastic, three-ring binder cases with ecologically disposable materials. OOPS!® 3.0 is packaged with corrugated cardboard in biodegradable fiber boxes. The instruction manuals for the software are printed on recycled paper without harmful dyes or chemicals. Resealable bubble bags, safeguarding the disks, are labeled for reuse to prevent discarding. We hope you noticed too that we have not passed the cost of these changes on to our users.


Computerized maintenance management for birds? The Pittsburgh Aviary thinks it's a terrific idea . . . thanks to OOPS!®

Earier this year, two copies of OOPS!® software were provided to the Aviary in response to a community drive for support of the renowned avian/botanical institition.

"We needed a comprehensive system." said Aviary Executive Director Dayton Baker, "and are very excited about the prospects of using OOPS!® It's an old building with complex physical operations. We also intend to use the software to handle the retail inventory of the gift shop. But the real beauty of having a management program, beyond traditional usage, is its potential for innovative applications."

Development Director Frank Moone agrees. "We have an enormous need for predictive-maintenance strategies. The Aviary houses nearly 450 birds, representing more than 200 species from every continent except Antarctica. The horticultural specimens of exotic plants, trees and flowers are equally numerous." The bird and plant habitats require tremendous amounts of care and attention, which Moone intends to schedule and monitor by computer. Since birds are an excellent barometer of an ecosystem, effectively documented impact studies could track the interdependent environmental conditions that exist in the habitats.

In addition to managing the 11 climate-controlled indoor exhibits and eight outdoor exhibits, Moone expects to customize OOPS!® to record the individual attributes and characteristics of each bird. Genetic histories will be compiled for breeding purposes. A number of rare and endangered species have already been successfully captive-bred, for the first time, at Pittsburgh's Aviary. Moone foresees the creation of gene pool databases to facilitate continuing recovery efforts. Eventually, the research data collected internally will be fed into national and international aviculture networks.

Another long range application, according to Curtis Robbins, Assistant Director and Business Manager, is to establish an electronically integrated clearinghouse of information about birds and plants between zoos and private collections.

The Aviary's resourceful uses for OOPS!® are no surprise to John Urbaniak, company President. "Computer management software is capable of great versatility. It's gratifying to know that technology designed for industry can be so well adapted to the needs of wildlife conservation and preservation. We are proud to be able to help the Pittsburgh Aviary."

Technical Tip:

As the new year approaches, it is time to make plans for archiving your WO history. Establishing a clean cut-off date for closing out your history is important and December 31 is an obvious choice. The next step is preserving your data for future use - either by copying the file elsewhere on your network, copying to another file name, or using a backup medium (preferably more than one of these for safety). Finally, run a cleanup to remove old data from your history file. If you need help planning your archive procedure, give us a call. DO NOT CLEAN UP WO HISTORY WITHOUT BACKING UP FIRST!!!