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Prelude Support / Re: DDF.DEFN
« Last post by Charles Sasaki-Skopp on May 19, 2022, 12:34:14 PM »
Put it in parens. If you put a variable (like @WORK) in parens in the header, it should resolve during processing.
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Prelude Support / Re: Speed up system
« Last post by Charles Sasaki-Skopp on May 19, 2022, 12:33:33 PM »

1.  Resizing of files
    Always important to keep up with file sizes. We resize on a monthly basis to make sure files are in tip-top shape

2.  removing (warehousing) old data off line
  For our purposes, we keep 3-4 years of order history data on-line only. The order history line file can get unmanagable in a hurry, so limiting the number of records can make a big difference, especially for end of month reporting.

3.  indexing files if necessary
  With the improved hardware, we have not found as many benifits in indexing, and in some cases have noticed slowdowns associated with too many indexes.

4.  fresh re-generating indexes

5.  speed of hardware
Hardware and disc type can make a big difference. If you are on an old AIX system with physical spinning. discs, then your database performance will always be slow, and there isn't much to get around that. On a modern Linux based server with solid-state storage the speed is significantly faster, especially for queryies against large record sets.

6.  scheduling large reports for nightly processing and not day time
this can make a difference, and is also good for providing regular updates to key people.

7.  cloud computing for reliability and updates
Would love to find out more about this

8.  Avalara for tax updates/reporting/updates
We use Avalara. i wouldn't exactly call it a speed improvement. But it does outsource a critical function to a more specialized service that, frankly, does a better job than the existing modules. So its a win.

9.  Latest software updates
Newer versions of unidata have some neat features, including the ability to use type 3 64 bit files for data, which eliminates the need for dynamic files.

10.  EDI for many transactions
Can help, but EDI frequently costs to setup, and can entail a lot of hidden development expenses. Our larger transactors are connected with EDI, but only after we have done a cost benefit analysis.

11.  Bar code scanning to eliminate many entries
Yes... barcodes are your friend. Especially for warehousing, where employees might have handheld scanners. Commands can even be encoded with the "slash" in front, simplifying processes for people on handhelds.

--Also--
REStfull services can add functionality without taxing your main business application. We currently use Certify for expense processing, purchase shipping through a 3PL's LTL api as well as directly from Amazon for parcel fulfillment. There is development costs for setting these up, but sometimes the improved features and/or interface make this worth it.
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Prelude Support / Speed up system
« Last post by DonQuixote on April 08, 2022, 11:18:19 AM »
Any ideas for speeding up the Prelude system???
I could use some ideas.
Things that come to mind...
1.  Resizing of files
2.  removing (warehousing) old data off line
3.  indexing files if necessary
4.  fresh re-generating indexes
5.  speed of hardware
6.  scheduling large reports for nightly processing and not day time
7.  cloud computing for reliability and updates
8.  Avalara for tax updates/reporting/updates
9.  Latest software updates
10.  EDI for many transactions
11.  Bar code scanning to eliminate many entries


I could use some more ideas.
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Prelude Support / DDF.DEFN
« Last post by DonQuixote on May 07, 2021, 04:10:14 PM »


Using DDF.DEFN tool...
Is there any way to get common variables in the Header?
Like Date and Time? 
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Can you send me a resume please?
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Big Thoughts / Cool Ideas / This is not the End. This must be a new Beginning.
« Last post by DonQuixote on December 13, 2020, 10:53:06 PM »
I am eternally optimistic.  I see the year 2020 as a chance for a new start; even though my career has been cut short by the economic downturn of Covid-19.  I have been a U2 programmer analyst for over 30 years in 9 different industries and most importantly, I've enjoyed my work.  I'm versatile, still anxious to learn, and very pleasant to be around.  I enjoy a challenge, embrace responsibility, and in 2016 completed a Masters degree in Project management and certified as a PMP.   Right now, I need a job.  Any constructive advice, direction, and encouragement would be appreciated.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and new beginnings in 2021.
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Rants & Raves / Re: COVID-19
« Last post by precisonline on July 06, 2020, 02:31:35 PM »
Well stated man, and thank you for sharing.  We are all very concerned about everyone so close to us, irrespective of political affiliation, who have been touched (or killed) by this terrible thing.  I echo your sentiments to stay safe, mask up when you can, and help us all back on a road to recovery.
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Announcements / Re: I'm looking for a Job
« Last post by precisonline on July 06, 2020, 02:29:42 PM »
Hey, it's a tough market all the way around, especially with Rocket offshoring all their work and most of their people.  You might check into Zumasys; Paul is always looking for quality people, and I'd be happy to give you a good reference.
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Announcements / I'm looking for a Job
« Last post by DonQuixote on April 25, 2020, 07:28:30 PM »
Any suggests for finding a job in the MultiValue/Pick/Universe/Unidata arena?
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Rants & Raves / COVID-19
« Last post by DonQuixote on April 25, 2020, 07:23:38 PM »
This is an unprecedented time.  The COVID-19, so much unknown; this is what scares us.  History says that WWI ended because so many people on both sides got the Spanish-flu and died; more by the flu than the war.  Industry is standing still and many businesses will never come back.  I hope the conflicts around the world will stop; because they are so trivial compared to the pandemic.  I hope that even though the churches have closed that people fall to their knees in prayer because of the pandemic.  Like 9:11 the world will never be the same again.  Please, make the world a better place.  Stay healthy and be safe. 
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