And, to take that one step further, I have had users where I have consulted that didn't know it was even an IBM.
Me: Click on the iSeries icon.
User: I don’t have one of those.
Me: How about an AS/400 icon.
User: I don't have one of those either.
I walk to their desk and point to the icon.
User: Oh, that's "the green screen" icon.
Me: Grinned and walked away.
From: Consult400 <consult400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On Behalf Of dianerebel
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2019 2:48 PM
To: Consulting on the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries) <consult400@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Consult400] Long-term RPG Contract in Detroit
Because most users know it as AS400. If said ibmxx or iseries they would say ... where?? LolSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: DrFranken <midrange@xxxxxxxxxxxx> Date: 3/11/19 2:29 PM (GMT-05:00) To: "Consulting on the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)" <consult400@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: Re: [Consult400] Long-term RPG Contract in Detroit OK you guys are pretty sensitive today!! Must be a Monday after the shortest weekend of the entire year!First it does matter, I see a LOT of shops. Those who call it AS/400 or iSeries are almost all still using DDS and SEU and record level access in fixed form RPG and have enough queries to choke a horse. They apply the 'moreon' principle to their screens and reports. They mostly put all new things on other platforms. They are 'Happy' when Domino is replaced by O36.5 or Exchange because "it's one less hassle to deal with." Too many see the system as 'it's still hear.'Those who call it IBM i almost all are stretching their skills toward RDi and Free form RPG with embedded SQL and DDL described files. They are presenting data to their uses with various web technologies. They are implementing partitions to separate development and user acceptance and QA. They are implementing at least some level of DR or HA. These folks are much more likely to see the system as mission critical and driving their business forward.Of course this won't be true for all in either case, YMMV.But honestly what is the harm in using the name IBM has used for well over a decade? Most of you won't call a POWER9 a POWER5 so why call IBM i iSeries or AS/400?? Why give fuel to all those who don't know our amazing platform who think it's old, incapable, and slow. If they hear a 30 year old name they think 30 year old platform when it's anything but that!!To the point made about 'it's money'. Sure I get that and sometimes you do need to drink the customer's kool-aid to get in but it doesn't mean you can't teach them something while you're there.Sorry if I've awoken the curmudgeons among us. - Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuiswww.Frankeni.comwww.iDevCloud.com - Personal Development IBM i timeshare service.www.iInTheCloud.com - Commercial IBM i Cloud Hosting.On 3/11/2019 12:44 PM, Rusty Jackson wrote:> But does it really matter what they call it? I have some accounts that call their systems AS/400s and they have been on an actual AS/400 in years.> > Sent from my iPhone> >> On Mar 11, 2019, at 12:09 PM, DrFranken <midrange@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:>>>> Are they truly up to date if they call it iSeries??>>>> Asking for a friend!!>>>> - Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis>>>> www.Frankeni.com>> www.iDevCloud.com - Personal Development IBM i timeshare service.>> www.iInTheCloud.com - Commercial IBM i Cloud Hosting.>>>>> On 3/11/2019 12:01 PM, Jerry Albright wrote:>>> Pretty much covered it in the subject line. :)>>> Though a local consultant is preferred, we are open to "regional" resources>>> as well. This should last most of the year and possibly into 2020.>>> Development in a very up-to-date iSeries shop. They use Agile methodology>>> as well, so a team-oriented approach is required.>>> Thanks!>>> *Jerry Albright*>>> PSG, Inc. | 3493 N 750 E. | Avilla, IN 46710>>> Call/Text 260-349-2723 l jerry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>>> <holly@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>>> -- >> This is the Consulting on the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries) (Consult400) mailing list>> To post a message email: Consult400@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>> To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options,>> visit: https://lists.midrange.com/mailman/listinfo/consult400
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