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Mission Statement - 2009

Benefits of Membership

Statement of Direction

The purpose of CAMUS is to provide a forum for companies using manufacturing computer applications (MANMAN, MK, other ERP software) to exchange and share information through educational events, to establish mutual support and peer contacts, and to provide a knowledge base of products and services available from associated suppliers in the interest of all members.
CAMUS provides opportunities for users to interact with, learn from, and discuss issues of common interest with each other. CAMUS partners with the APICS organization which educates and sets industry standards worldwide.

CAMUS supports the growing globalization of our manufacturing organizations whose sites around the world include the Americas, Europe, Australia, and the Pacific Rim. Our virtual format promotes environmental stewardship, and we provide topics to improve business processes for ‘green’ sustainability through technology and supply chain means.

CAMUS and its Board of Directors will continue to encourage ‘Users Helping Users’.
So, why should you join CAMUS? It is all about Users Helping Users!

If you are a MANMAN user, you may feel somewhat alone when looking for an answer to a question (or often an error message!), or looking for a solution to a business need that would involve modifying MANMAN or enhancing it with an add-on product or service.

Well, CAMUS members are here to help! We have new users, experienced users, IT users, non-IT users, and we also have a number of members who are 3rd party solution providers. We pride ourselves with how quickly and effectively we respond to other users’ MANMAN questions. And these questions need not be restricted to MANMAN/MFG/OMAR/AP/GL or other modules. You can get answers to the many 3rd party add-on modules that are out there. IT users can get answers to programming and system-related questions.

The easiest way to get an answer to a MANMAN question is to sign up with our free email list server. Then send an email with your question to a single email address, which will be received by over 300 MANMAN users. Typically, you will see several responses the very same day!

CAMUS sends out to its members a quarterly free newsletter called The Flash, which contains news about MANMAN, helpful articles, and 3rd party solution ads.

CAMUS also holds two Virtual (webinars-type) user group meetings each year. These “VRUG” meetings are free and feature both a roundtable discussion from our members, as well as a presentation of topics, usually by a couple of 3rd party solution members.

In the CAMUS website there is a members’ only section where you will find a library of white papers, articles, presentations, newsletters, and other materials. You will also find a place where your company can post MANMAN-related positions or job-seekers (with MANMAN experience) can post their resumes.

Access to the secured members’ only section of the website does require membership.  For regular members (users of MANMAN or MK) access is FREE with the submission of a profile form which will be posted in the members' only section.  For associate members (third party solution vendors) access is also FREE with the submission of directory listing form (which can optionally be posted on our website for $100/year).  Access to other sections of the website are free, as are the list server, newsletter, and VRUG meetings.
Being a member of CAMUS affords you a unique opportunity to learn from other MANMAN users. You will have the opportunity to make contact with 3rd party solution providers and learn about numerous add-on products and services that enhance MANMAN and prolong its life. You will also have the opportunity to get to know Infor, the company that now owns MANMAN. Finally, if your company is looking to migrate from MANMAN to another ERP, we have a number of members who are in that process.

CAMUS is run by an all-volunteer group of regular and associate users. We all have regular jobs, which all involve MANMAN, and so we know the value of being able to ask and get answers to MANMAN questions! We are committed to helping you and to provide a forum where users can help users. It is what we are all about.

If you have any questions about joining CAMUS or about the benefits of membership, please feel free to contact me!

Ed Stein – VP and Membership Chairman
2009 will be the year of biggest change for CAMUS, the 25 year-old user’s group for MANMAN and manufacturing
software for the HP3000/MPE and VAX/ALPHA/Integrity/OpenVMS platforms. As MANMAN and the surrounding
software and hardware of its independent ecosystems continues to provide sustainable use, the number of companies
still using it for their mission critical enterprise systems has stabilized in the low hundreds. There are fewer than 30
companies and individuals paying CAMUS membership dues, a less than 10% participation rate.
The CAMUS Board of Directors, consisting of eight individuals who have represented MANMAN from all aspects for
many years, as users and suppliers, has taken various actions at the most recent Board Meetings that we wish to
communicate to the membership. The Board has had 10 monthly meetings in 2008. The Spring Virtual Meeting of all
members and the September Annual Conference in Kansas City provided open discussion among all members about the
future direction as membership dwindles.
Actions taken include lowering annual membership rates to $200 ($300 for Associates) beginning in 2009 and
completely eliminating dues in 2010. Any member who is paid up by 12/31/08 will not be charged dues again. This
action became possible because of the self-managed style adopted by the Board, eliminating reliance on a paid
Association management firm. After December 31, 2008, CAMUS is completely volunteer-managed and maintained.
CAMUS International, Inc. will continue to be a non-profit, incorporated in the state of California, with a few thousand
dollars in cash reserves. Annual expenses are expected to be in the hundreds of dollars instead of tens of thousands as
in past years. Our best assets are our Newsletter, Web Site and List Server, which enables users to post questions and
solutions online. The Board will encourage widespread membership after 2010 and sponsorship of the ASKMANMAN
List Server will remain our highest priority.
No face-to-face meetings are planned for the next two years. With sponsorship assistance, a few Virtual Meetings in
webinar format may be held, to keep in touch and up-to-date on industry trends.
The website will continue to be maintained and enhanced by Chris Jones and will be the repository of all
digital artifacts related to MANMAN. Submissions are welcomed. Physical memorabilia and records have been
transferred to the offices of the new Executive Directors: the President, Terri Glendon Lanza and Secretary/Treasurer,
Terry Simpkins.
The current Board is committed to staying on as volunteers for the foreseeable future and will serve until attrition takes
its course. CAMUS will continue to facilitate and sustain our motto: ‘Users Helping Users’.
Board of Directors: (elected during the September Forum) New Address:
Terri Glendon Lanza President
Ed Stein Vice President CAMUS International, Inc.
Terry Simpkins Secretary/Treasurer 45738 Northport Loop West
Chris Jones Website Fremont, CA 94538
Mike Anderson Newsletter phone: 757.766.4559
John Serdendsky email:
Bob Andreini
Terry Floyd Past President