Because the schools need instructors that understand iSeries and are
willing to teach the classes for one thing. That's not as easy as it
sounds. The existing instructors have no desire to teach RPG and stuff
- if they thought it was important it would already be in the

The business community also isn't crying out for new programmers. There
was a thread about midrange jobs a few days ago. If the business
community had a need for RPG programmers, schools, especially community
colleges and trade schools would respond to the need. Schools like that
are community need driven.

Another thing that I think is interesting is the idea that having young
people in school embrace the platform is important. I doubt if many
companies are going to take the advice/wants of a junior programmer
when they're making their IT platform decisions. It's different with
Windows and Apple - those are machines that the kids may very well buy
when they graduate.

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: RE: Sound familiar?
> From: "Jack Derham" <derhamj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Thu, February 03, 2005 1:02 pm
> To: "'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'" <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> A wild thought has just occurred to me. It's a known fact that AS400's last
> for ever so why don't IBM and the Business Partners set up a program were
> old equipment is refurbished and give to schools gratis. They could also
> give them older versions of the software. No immediate profit but it would
> be a very cheap way get into the younger generations mind and would probably
> also be set up to provide a very nice tax write off.
> Jack Derham
> Direct Systems, Inc.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of GKern@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 10:45 AM
> To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: Sound familiar?
> Good point Rob.
> I just found it ironic that the comments about the MS marketing machine 
> are the same ones made when pleading the iSeries case to IBM usually at 
> the Common soundoff sessions. The fact that MS gets their fingers in 
> everything. And that Apple used schools to introduce their technology. (I 
> know IBM has been resurrecting their presence in schools as of late.) 
> I remember the slogan that was going around Common many moons ago - "It's 
> The Marketing". In that regard I thought the writer was making the same 
> point about IBM and their marketing - be it for Notes or iSeries.
> Regards, Jerry
> Gerald Kern
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