They keep them, but then of course, they're building a new system that will integrate everything along with a data warehouse, again of course on a SQL Server. They have more support personnel, and programmers, but that doesn't seem to matter. I'm not sure of the breakdowns in this company, I've only been here 6 months. When I was interviewing 6 months ago, I also heard a horror story at a well known apparel company about their previous Unix system crashing all the time, and how happy they are with their heavily modified apparel package on the AS/400. However, I originally was interested in any tips that AS/400 people have in learning something new, simply because, even if there is work, consulting or full-time, our rates are very low, as compared to the other technologies. Since I am also involved in recruiting, I noticed, for example, that there is a shortage of consultants who know Documentum, is this something, that can be learnt somehow on owns own, or is there something like that? ----- Original Message ----- From: <email@example.com> To: <CONSULT400@midrange.com> Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2000 6:15 PM Subject: Re: Death of the AS/400 (was Death of the RPG Programmer, List Activity) > Phil, (and others), > > Are you seeing SQL and VB going in and staying in? Have these migrations > to other platforms completing successfully? > > I ask because just the other day someone was telling of an NT warehouse > solution in the 7-figures category that was thrown in the trash after > almost 2 years of failed installation efforts. > _______________________ > Booth Martin > Booth@MartinVT.com > http://www.MartinVT.com > _______________________ > > > > > firstname.lastname@example.org > Sent by: email@example.com > 06/14/2000 08:31 AM > Please respond to CONSULT400 > > > To: CONSULT400@midrange.com > cc: > Subject: Re: Death of the AS/400 (was Death of the RPG Programmer, List Activity) > > I agree with most of what you said. I do think there is still a lot of > Full-time, although I'm starting to see salaries coming down. > I think the reason is that new development is done on other platforms, > where I work, there are several financial systems that are newly > developed, (as this company aquires other smaller companies),typically on > SQL Server w/ VB, and then there are interfaces to the AS/400. How long > does it take to write an interface, 2-3 weeks at most? > Phil > > > > Folks, > > I'm not even going to quote a pertinent piece here, as so many were right > and > so many more were wrong on this subject. AS/400 consulting and perm work > is > in the toilet right now, period. Don't espouse JAVA to me, I've _GOT_ > JAVA > 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 > June. > I saved enough for this, but I certainly don't expect everyone else to do > so. > There are folks out there, just like you and me, that are working the > census > right now in order to feed their families. So much for the much > ballyhooed > "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 > they'd > 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 > an > IT worker shortage, but it seems that they're only interested in _LOW > PAID_ > IT workers when it actually comes down to having to hire someone. H1-B > folks > around here earn around $55K per year -- good money, but it won't get you > a > trailer within an hour's drive of the Research Triangle for housing. > Forget > owning a reasonably new car to navigate our complete lack of public > transportation. > > 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 > other > midrange platforms are suffering equal problems... > > JMHO, > > Dean Asmussen > Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc. > Fuquay-Varina, NC USA > E-mail: DAsmussen@aol.com > > "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." -- John Wooden > > > > >
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