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Version 5 to Version 8? Why now?

February 6, 2007

Things here at the SUM/IT offices sure have been busy lately. We are getting ready for NSSEA and are excited to host it in our home town. I wanted to take a moment to touch base with all of our version 5 and 6 customers and let you know about some happenings in regards to those versions.

These older versions sure have been good to us all. As I think about how much trouble these Windows PC’s in the office can be, it at least reminds me of how remarkable the old IBM boxes running SCO Unix have been. To get more than four or five years out of a box is fantastic, and yet we have some customers that have been up and running for three times that long. Unfortunately, with aging hardware running an out-of-date operating system, it is becoming increasingly difficult to support. Finding parts as they break is becoming harder by the day; and our staff’s knowledge of version 5 & 6 is starting to wane. Finding a decent Wyse terminal these days is getting harder and harder.

In accordance, the support costs for these versions will be going up as we renew each contract. What I was hoping to do is point out that it will actually be more profitable in the long run for you to upgrade to our latest version of hardware and software. Not to mention that by using the latest hardware you will be increasing your system’s reliability exponentially; and I think you would be blown away by the difference in features from version 5 to version 8.

A brand new server from Sun Microsystems is just under $1,000; and that includes a DVD-RW drive to back up all your data to DVD each night. The flat panel LCD screens we use at the cash register are an amazing leap forward from those old dumb terminals; and I can’t even begin to tell you how easy it is to load a thermal receipt printer.

Now is the time to act on upgrading your aging system before another back-to-school sneaks up on us. Make sure your business can provide uninterrupted service to your customers. E-mail or call me with your questions or concerns and let’s get the ball rolling now so you can be ready for the busy season ahead.


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