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#6883 27/07/00 11:32 AM
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Any comments from users of the SEMS equipment management software (from Imperial Business Systems, Bristol), in particular with the newer Windows-style front-end? We like it but it's more expensive than competitors' - is it worth it?!

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aaaarrrgh! SEMS - I still wake up having nightmares when I think about it. I used to use the old Unix version. Still it was *NOT* user friendly. Who in the history of computing ever used 'E' for enter and not the 'return' key?
Can't comment on the Windows version, sorry

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Try Barnet General Hospital or Chase Farm Hospital. Their EBME Depts have been using SEMS for years. I had experience of the old version and found it cumbersome, I like HECS better.


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#6886 30/08/00 5:15 PM
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Isn't HECS a bit too American ? There seems to be quite a bit in there which isn't relevant in the NHS.
Has anyone any costings for implementing a new software package ? I know it's not just the purchase of the software - but how much will it REALLY cost ?


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#6887 03/10/00 6:23 PM
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I try and use SEMS but it can be a real pain in the ****

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Out of interest, did you actually type something under those asterisks or did my naughty word filter cut in?

#6889 04/10/00 8:59 AM
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Julian, is it the Windows version you're using or the old DOS one? If Windows, what is the main pain-in-the-**** ?!
Do you use the equip library & browser modules?

#6890 17/10/00 9:51 PM
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We,ve had SEMS since 1994, and most of the staff that use it on a day to day basis do not rate it highly at all. (I'm being polite)

It's very unintutative, and cumbersome to use. It's not to bad when searching for data, but the same definetly cannot be said for data entry routines, so it's the old garbage in - garbage out problem.

There are too many mandatory field, and not a lot of flexibility.

We've recently evaluated the "new" SEMS, and discovered that it's not very new at all. It now has a very basic windows functionality, but there have been very few improvements in the functionlaity of the system.

All of the old problems that we've come to know, and had to get used to, over the years remain in this new version.

My view is that software that's now being sold should, at least, have a modern, intuitive feel to it. SEMS has stuck with the old "dossy" screen format for reasons which escape me.

After a thorough evalustion process we are about to purchase Agilent tecdhnology's OPTIM for our new job management system.

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Sorry about the spilling mistookes on the previous entry. I thought one error worth correcting was my use of the word "flexible", obviously this should have been "inflexible"

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Hey Tony
I think that everybody that reads/ writes forums understands typos!
Nobody (politely) notices.
I completely agree with your opinion of the the SEMS interface - as much as I dislike Window$ - Bill has given the world an easy to use system. Damn - even Linux runs xwindows interfaces that are obviously based on a 'popular' OS!!! Still Linux now is reputed to have nearly 20million users.... There may still be hope...
H.

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