• Subject: Re: Death of the AS/400 (was Death of the RPG Programmer, List Activity)
  • From: booth@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 01:07:39 GMT

One thing I've found is that there are a lot of smaller organizations that 
have zero IT staff.  They get by but they have needs, too.  Establishing a 
relationship with them is a whole lot better than census work.  So far, 
knock on wood, they've treated me fair and square and in return I may 
forget to bill an hour here and there and I always answer their phone 
calls and never bill for that.  In return they always have a "when you get 
the time" project which allows me to fill my time at some billable rate, 
so my averages aren't too bad at the end of any quarter. 

Booth Martin

Sent by: owner-consult400@midrange.com
06/14/2000 04:45 AM
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        To:     midrange-l@midrange.com, consult400@midrange.com
        Subject:        Death of the AS/400 (was Death of the RPG Programmer, 
List Activity)


I'm not even going to quote a pertinent piece here, as so many were right 
so many more were wrong on this subject.  AS/400 consulting and perm work 
in the toilet right now, period.  Don't espouse JAVA to me, I've _GOT_ 
experience but cannot find work there.  ILE?  Yeah, right.  RPG? 
Fuhgedaboutit.  There _IS_ little to no work to be had for AS/400 
professionals right now -- contract _OR_ perm.  I am forced to swallow my 
earlier words about consultants not saving enough money to get through the 

annual "January slowdown", because said slowdown has now lasted until 
I saved enough for this, but I certainly don't expect everyone else to do 
 There are folks out there, just like you and me, that are working the 
right now in order to feed their families.  So much for the much 
"high tech career".

I (and most other industry analysts) figured that, with the dissolution of 

Y2K, that companies would be screaming for help to do the stuff that 
put off for the past 2-5 years.  Perhaps the e-business trend would even 
further accelerate the latter -- WRONG.  Companies are still griping about 
IT worker shortage, but it seems that they're only interested in _LOW 
IT workers when it actually comes down to having to hire someone.  H1-B 
around here earn around $55K per year -- good money, but it won't get you 
trailer within an hour's drive of the Research Triangle for housing. 
owning a reasonably new car to navigate our complete lack of public 

Sorry, but contracts _AND_ permanent employment on the AS/400 seem to be 
pretty much dead.  If it makes you feel any better, it appears that the 
midrange platforms are suffering equal problems...


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-mail:  DAsmussen@aol.com

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