BASS (Benefits Administrative Support System) Part 2

Magical Mystery Tour” is a song by the Beatles, the opening track and theme song for the album, double EP and TV film of the same name. Unlike the theme songs for their other film projects, it was not released as a single.

Magical Mystery Tour is an album by the English rock band the Beatles that was released as a double EP in the United Kingdom and an LP in the United States. Produced by George Martin, it includes the soundtrack to the 1967 film of the same name. The EP was issued in the UK on 8 December 1967 on the Parlophone label, while the Capitol Records LP release in the US occurred on 27 November and featured eleven tracks with the addition of songs from the band’s 1967 singles. The first release as an eleven-track LP in the UK did not occur until 1976.

Album: The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
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Our new BASS (Benefits Administrative Support System) ran software called HPDeskManager. This gave users a personal electronic in tray, out tray, calendar, and file cabinet. Users had a basic word processor called HPWord. Employees could send and receive e-mail with other benefit department employees at headquarters.

The calendar allowed people to view the schedules of other headquarters  Benefits employees. They could even use the system to reserve conference rooms. I encouraged employees to keep their calendar up-to-date on their computer. This way meetings could be scheduled online.

Taking BASS to the Field

SWBT had benefit offices in seven locations: St. Louis, Topeka, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Headquarters employees communicated with these offices via landline phone or written document.

We designed a network of HP 3000 systems. Each benefit office received one. They dialed each other at pre-scheduled dial-up times, typically once an hour to exchange email between locations.

I went to each location with my co-worker Joel. We installed the mini computers and trained the employees. We taught an administrator at each location how to do backups. They would call Joel or me for help whenever they had a problem or question.

Employee Benefits was the first department within the company to have email communications between headquarters and field locations. Eventually we were able to communicate with other SWBT employees and of course the outside world.