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RE: iSeries Access for Web questions



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I cannot say Jim. It's truly a judgment call. I just want to make sure you
don't assume that it's a temporary thing when these kinds of things rarely
turn out to be temporary. Also, just because that's all they are asking for
now, don't assume that's all they will want once they see what you give
them. Users seldom know what it is they really want. It's always an organic
process.

For sure I'd do at least a cursory survey of the interested parties to find
out what functionality it is they think they want and need.

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jim Franz
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2008 6:20 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: iSeries Access for Web questions

So am I taking this wrong looking for 5250 in a browser, and nothing more?
Management has specifically cut off *any development on this software - all
they are asking is portal access for the iSeries Access users.
Jim
----- Original Message -----
From: "Shannon ODonnell" <sodonnell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'" <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2008 12:34 AM
Subject: RE: iSeries Access for Web questions


The only caveat I'd offer here is don't take this request lightly.

You say "No desire to make a big project out of this. Old apps on their
way
out the door." Implying that this access is no big deal and possibly even
unimportant and maybe short term.

But I've seen little projects like this, which are only supposed to be
around for a few months, still running after 5 years. Only now they bear
little resemblance to the original "no big deal" request because the users
got used to it, decided they liked it, and won't let management remove it.
Instead, they Frankenstein the project and it becomes a true maintenance
and
management nightmare.

So...my suggestion would be to give this project as much thought and
planning as you would any other long term project because chances are that
it could be around way longer than you think.



-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jim Franz
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:58 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: iSeries Access for Web questions

IT manager wants to put something in the portal for users to get green
screen apps. They currently have iSeries Access latest version on V5R4
system.
Merged with another company with an existing MS based portal. Looking
for something as simple as making it avail in the portal and let users do
what they can do today with iSeries Access for Windows.
No desire to make a big project out of this. Old apps on their way out the
door.
1. Can iSeries Access for Web do the job for fairly intensive green screen
apps. Some are s36 pgms...
2. Mostly network printers, but a few printers cabled to back of pc.
3. Future goal of single sign on.
4. Hundreds of users. Decent 525 single processor with good memory.
5. Not running websphere or any other app server - hoping to use new lite
app server
Jim Franz
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