Most Agree that VMS Software is Too Hard

By: John Honovich, Published on Dec 22, 2009

The reaction to our December 2009 criticism of VMS software poor usability has been surprisingly strong and positive.

With over 1500 reads in the first 3 days during Christmas week, the sheer size of readership is noteworthy (normal 'opinion' pieces are half that level during non-holiday periods). Furthermore, from over 100 poll respondents, 80% rated 'ease of use' as high importance while only 3% rated it as low importance - a landslide result and the most lopsided returns of any poll done on IPVM.

Contrary to this, over a dozen manufacturers commented that their VMS software was easy to use - ironically including a large number of  providers who we think are extremely cumbersome and unnecessarily complicated.

A few take-aways:

  • Poor usability is an under emphasized element in VMS selection but ripe for attention
  • Many VMS suppliers are simply blind to their problems, exposing a potential key weakness
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