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RE: The IBM iSeries word from FOSE...



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Oh, you're gonna "love" Oracle...  I sat through the 9i DBA classes this
past summer...I've got 10g but haven't had the time to play with it...
But after playing with DB2/400, I was just AMAZED that anyone would think
Oracle was state of the art.

Don in DC

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On Thu, 7 Apr 2005, boyd bill wrote:

> I was just told in a meeting last week that we have to move off of the
> AS/400 and to something cheaper and that will support Oracle starting next
> year. While I doubt it will actually happen next year since we always seem
> to be behind, it does seem inevitable that our iseries days are numbered at
> my shop.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Don [mailto:dr2@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 9:40 AM
> To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: The IBM iSeries word from FOSE...
>
>
> Here in DC, we have an annual BIG expo of techno vendors, wares, etc.
> It's kinda like the governments COMDEX if you will, it's just better run
> and attended than COMDEX.
>
> Dell had a BIG booth and well staffed.
>
> HP had a BIG booth and well staffed...
>
> Apple had a BIG booth and well staffed...
>
> ...as did alot of the major vendors....and these booths were BUSY.
>
> IBM's booth, when I finally found it, was one guy sitting on a corner
> postage stamp size of space with a little sign attached to a xSeries
> cluster server saying "Linux DB2".  When I poped by to see what was going
> on, he was complaining that his blade server had been stolen the night
> before.  When I asked him about ANY ANY ANY iSeries representation at the
> conference, I was told there wasn't any and further"...I don't do
> AS/400..."   Frankly, it was safer for me to just walk away.
>
> SO, is it any wonder that people here don't think of iSeries as
> contemporary technology?  Is it any wonder that people here are very eager
> to buy Dell and HP Servers?
>
> Has ANYONE in Somers reviewed the current sales/marketing model (beyond
> radio/TV/Print spots) and seen where it REALLY NEEDS to be improved?
>
> No, you may not book alot of sales at a FOSE type event, BUT you do
> get/keep market recognition...something that OS/400 has very little of
> anymore.
>
> Is it really any wonder why in our User Group meeting this week I was once
> again deluged by people lamenting how hard it is to find work on a
> AS400/iSeries/i5/(insert name here) ???
>
> I don't give a damn if you call me a cormudgeon or not!  I'm in the
> trenches here and I'm getting lots of calls for help from folks that are
> seriousely looking for work....and there's REAL REASONS why there is
> none...  Starting with "...I don't do AS/400...."  and the current sales
> models.
>
> Don in DC
>
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