Hi Janet,

So far all the responses have been education, with which I mostly agree,
although I'd like to know how others decide which courses to take. Java?
ILE? Perl? Everything all at once in 5 days? Websphere? A course that tells
you just what the heck Websphere is?

I'd like to know more about tools as well.  From what I've been hearing,
Websphere Development Tools is free for awhile then you get an $8000 whammy.
That's assuming you have an AS400, which I do not.  I'd like tools that I
can purchase and use on any of my customers AS400's, as well as Netshare400
where I rent time.  I'd like to pick and choose individual tools with prices
under 100USD, with perhaps a package deal for 500USD.

IMHO, the biggest reason PC's took off is the low price of hardware and
software, making it relatively painless for a lot of people to jump in and
start developing stuff, learning stuff, etc.  I'd like to see something
similar happen with the iSeries.

Peter Dow
Dow Software Services, Inc.
909 425-0194 voice
909 425-0196 fax

----- Original Message -----
From: <jkrueger@andrewscg.com>
To: <consult400@midrange.com>
Cc: <alucas@us.ibm.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2001 8:14 AM
Subject: [Consult400] iSeries Nation and this list

> I've had several chats recently with Anne Lucas, who took over the iSeries
> Nation when Malcom Haines left.  One of things we've discussed is whether
> would be any benefit to creating subgroups for the citizens to belong to.
> Specifically, are there special things iSeries consultants are looking for
> the iSeries Nation?  Are there things we can learn from each other that we
> learn interacting with the community as a whole?
> Are there any special services or deals IBM could/should offer consultants
> are members of the iSeries Nation?
> Are there any special services or deals we, as consultants, could offer to
> citizens?  And if so, how could IBM support making those available?
> Lots of questions!
> Janet Krueger
> Andrews Consulting Group
> 507 529 8777 ext 110
> P.S. Anne has assured me she does have *some* funding, so if we come up
> good ideas that would benefit the iSeries Nation, there is a possibility
> could help get them implemented...
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