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RE: Migrating from AS/400 to MicroFocus



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Booth:

The most recent one.

Two years ago my customer merged with another.  The other company's
co-owner has also has a computer business.

They decide to go completely PC.  Microsoft SQL server, Visual C++, the
whole boat.

They ask me in about 1 year ago to see the new PC App, so I can help
them sell it to others.  I see it, it looks nice, AND, it's so fast,
that the remote sites only need a T1 to support it!  They can run over a
T1!  The Iseries is supporting about 20 users on a web site, and another
handful on a business link box.  All on POTS and a fractional T1 that
the whole office shares.  Anyway, oh, it's not done yet.

After the demo, I stop in to see the one woman who runs the office.
She's a no B.S. type of gal.  I ask her how she likes the new software.
Admittedly, I hope to hear it sucks.  Well, that's what I heard.  Not
only is the response time slow for just one user (compared to a 5+ year
old model 600 and 30+ users),  but it also takes 3 times as long to
enter a pro.  She hates it.  She tells her bosses that she will need to
double her staff if they use the software.

Sure, it's not the PC's fault that the app is 3 times slower, but since
it always happens that way, maybe it is :-)

2 years later, and they are still not live on that system.  Oh, another
interesting point.  We wrote most of that software using "slow to
develop" RPG III, and they are using modern tools, and they still can't
get it done.

I'll never forget that line, "We can run it over a T1!  It's that fast!"

The 400 is a goner though., right?

Art Tostaine, Jr.
CCA, Inc.
Jackson, NJ 08527


-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-admin@midrange.com
[mailto:midrange-l-admin@midrange.com] On Behalf Of Booth Martin
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2002 8:26 PM
To: midrange-l@midrange.com
Subject: RE: Migrating from AS/400 to MicroFocus

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I'd sure love to hear some of these war stories.  I've been close to a
few,
but the facts are never made clear.

There comes the inevitable day when all talk about the conversion goes
hush-hush and from then on everything is on a "need to know" basis.
Soon
after that, suits with briefcases start to arrive.  After a few weeks
they
disappear.  Then a used (but newer) iSeries with more horsepower shows
up,
just to "help out on the conversion.  Usually just about then the
executive-in-charge of the conversion gets a job offer from some other
firm
and leaves, or gets fired and leaves.   My experience is limited
however.

Brad's line "Well, Art, because we are, that's why.  You guys act as if
you
think I have any input on this."   I love that line!  It ranks right
there
with Lardner's "'Shut up' he explained".


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Booth Martin   http://www.MartinVT.com
Booth@MartinVT.com
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Peace....

Art Tostaine, Jr.
CCA, Inc.
Jackson, NJ 08527


-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-admin@midrange.com
[mailto:midrange-l-admin@midrange.com] On Behalf Of Brad McDaniel
Sent: Monday, December 23, 2002 4:01 PM
To: 'midrange-l@midrange.com'
Subject: RE: Migrating from AS/400 to MicroFocus
]
Well, Art, because we are, that's why.

You guys act as if you think I have any input on this. Haven't you ever
worked in an organization with levels of management over you? They
didn't ask me...
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