Most Agree that VMS Software is Too Hard

By John Honovich, Published Dec 22, 2009, 07:00pm EST

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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