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What is ASK?

Kennametal is a large international company using SAP. They have bought another company and that company is using...

something called ASK. Is this a product of SAP? How hard would it be for the current staff to learn SAP? Are there any similarities?


ASK is an old legacy system (in fact it is the name of the company), the product is ManMan and is sort of an ERP system. It runs on HP/UX and is very famous for manufacturing processes. That's why many hi-tech manufacturing companies like Compaq have been using the system for years (before migrating to SAP). It is a legacy system with no APIs to speak of. Several ways to interface with: batch (flat file feeds), EDI (several transactions supported) and via Tuxedo. Most of the code is written in COBOL, but companies have rewritten components in all kids of languages, most notable: FORTRAN and C (I can go on ASK for a while ... I better stop here.)

(This answer by Dorin Seitan from Haht Technology)


This was last published in August 2001

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