At 05:09 PM 12/20/97 +0000,Chris Rehm wrote: >What about a two page ad in the Wall Street Journal where the first page is >a mock up of a 1 day per page calendar with the date of 12-31-1999 and "You >don't have to be afraid to turn this page..." on it and the next page (both >right hand pages consecutive) has pictures of AS/400 models and says, "... >if your business is running on IBM's AS/400." > >Then Rochester, Mn could capitalize on some of the Y2K hype. > >Well, I thought it sounded good so I abused you all with it. > +-------------------------------------------------- Chris a wonderful idea. However you might mislead some people further into believing they are safe from Y2K on the AS/400. It is not true. They are better off then most, but not they are immune to Year2000.The prime concern for us, on the'400' box, is application code, client, supplier-electronic trading and intra system communications [ i.e. PC, Client Server, and EIS] as MIS Issues. That translates to a well done IBM for their efforts with both the hardware and AS/400 software products. It speaks to the divisions efforts towards taking every opportunity to have their users become aware and act on the issues knowledgeably. [There is a selective hearing rule that might apply here] It also might suggest that there is a wealth of automated tools available to assist you in the effort. Again you have to select the best for your environment, budget and to meet your Y2K survival in a structured and affordable manner. If I remember my numbers correctly as high as 70% of the AS/400s have NOT started their Y2K projects. Is that a false sense of security created by: - the safety blanket AS/400 offered users from technology changes<?> ( as an exec in an SME - I'd be hoping for a rabbit from the hat) ( after all the AS/400 has done marvelous things to save us before) - the differing vendor claims of 5, 30, 60, 90 days and your fully done? (Confusion & perhaps tries trust & truth of solution terms ) (short or long misjudgment might mean success or Corp. failure) - or the lack of: available staff. dependance on Application vendors Y2K efforts corporate funding & resource support board room awareness There are plus sides here [not mentioned] that allow easier remediation than other products. It is still a considerable effort for all shops. Back to the Main Point I am not sure I'd want to hitch my wagon [named AS/400] to the Y2K issue as there are an excessive number of outside variables that might go bad and being hitched to it might cause you to sink by association. Deserved or not. Then there is this whole marketing/education issue[ or lack there of] that started this note. They, are, separate issues. +--- | This is the BPCS Users Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to "BPCS-L@midrange.com". | To unsubscribe from this list send email to BPCS-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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