Hi Mapics ML:

My employer has an interesting situation to ponder and I thought I would 
request some feedback from the ML members because you may have been though a 
similar situation before.

We've been a Mapics DB (Y2K, Mod 4) user for many years on a CISC version of 
the AS/400.  If we upgrade to Mapics XA, we have to replace our hardware with 
RISC type because EA doesn't support CISC.

We have been looking at other ERP software such as HarrisData because it will 
run on our existing hardware and it appears to be similar to Mapics.

The other consideration is that apparantly IBM won't be offering any upgrades 
or support for our old CISC machine in the future.

My employer is trying to make the best decision given the economic restraints 
it has to operate in.  If money were no object, we would probably upgrade to XA 
and get the new hardware but this is the real world that we are dealing in and 
the decision has to be analyzed from all points of view.

Please comment on this situation so that I can offer my employer some of your 
suggestions on this matter.

Above message before copy enclosure (if any) was sent by:

Al Gershen
Grants Pass, OR 97526 
aldg@mail.rvi.net & aldg@webtv.net;
and thru ICQ # 12342782

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