But with IBM changing the name as often as they have and do, how is an independent rent-a-programmer like me supposed to keep up? I still have clients who call it "the 400". They pay the bills so they are free to call it anything they desire. I personally use "iSeries". My most recent client uses the term "iSeries". If I were selling software in the example you site, then I would need to know and use the "IBM Name Of The Week"... whatever that is this week. I personally don't know.
Munday Software Consultants
>Sent: Dec 11, 2012 6:29 PM
>To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion<midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Re: Software Vendors (And US too) - A small rant
>I know of a company including several persons there personally including
>the person who made the mistake. They were asked by a huge potential
>customer what their systems ran on. The response: "AS/400". The customer
>immediately and finally closed discussions with: "Yeah well IBM quit
>making those over a decade ago so you clearly don't have the ability to
>support our needs with that." Game over. No explanations, backpedaling,
>clarification, could help. The potential customer believed it was a
>mindset. What does the company really use? IBM i 7.1 on POWER7. Oops.
> - Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis
>On 12/11/2012 5:06 PM, Jim Oberholtzer wrote:
>> Note to software vendors: If you want me to consider your software for>
>> the IBM i operating environment running on Power Systems, please do not
>> call it, iSeries, AS/400, System i, or my personal favorite System/38.
>> Clearly if you don't know the name of the system your working on I
>> cannot trust your software. Most of the vendors monitor this list and
>> don't hand me the line: "That's what our customers call it....." Don't
>> correct the customer but always use the correct terminology when you are
>> speaking and guess what, they will start using it too....
>> What brought this rant on? Three calls today from vendors asking if I
>> would like to talk about their iSeries or AS/400 products..... Geesh..
>> Now I'm starting to sound a bit like Trevor without the accent.....
>> I'll be quiet now.
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