The thing you have to decide is what are you going to do in the future if you need to upgrade your AS/400? Since IBM will not be supporting a CICS machines, you will still need to upgrade to a RISC box someday. Even if another ERP system is similar, it is NOT MAPICS. Your users will have to learn a new system, you will have to convert your existing data to the new system (may the force be with you on that one), and when you need to upgrade to a different AS/400 you will be forced into RISC anyway. So I guess what I am getting at is, why not just upgrade to a RISC box now and covert to XA. I would be surprised if you could purchase new software & implement it for less money than upgrading your current software/hardware. Steve Jones aldg <firstname.lastname@example.org> 08/30/00 12:37 PM Please respond to MAPICS-L To: MAPICS Mailing List <MAPICS-L@midrange.com>@SMTP@Exchange cc: "Gershen, Al" <email@example.com>@SMTP@Exchange, "Gershen, Al" <firstname.lastname@example.org>@SMTP@Exchange Fax to: Subject: Upgrade Considerations: Software vs Hardware 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 email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org; and thru ICQ # 12342782 -- +--- | This is the MAPICS Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MAPICS-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MAPICS-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MAPICS-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: email@example.com +--- +--- | This is the MAPICS Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MAPICS-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MAPICS-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MAPICS-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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