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| From: mi400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:mi400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On
| Behalf Of Don
| Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 7:46 AM
| To: MI Programming on the AS400 / iSeries
| Subject: RE: [MI400] RE: MI emulator
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|
| On Sat, 11 Oct 2003, Steve Richter wrote:
|
| > Just my opinion Jon, but the details indicate to me that there is a link
| > between the lock down of MI and the AS400's difficulties in the
| marketplace.
|
| Steve,
|
| I think that there's more there than just a MI lock down.
|
| To wit:
|
|  - In business, how can I save a nickel nowadays?
|
|  - Which system should I be buying should I be buying so that I have my
| weekends off while the company next door, who's people were partying and
| conga dancing during the week due to system failures, play catch up?
|
|  - What skillset(s) are h/s and college students bringing to the market
| place?  Hint: the ones they learn in school.  What are they learning in
| School?  What are they NOT learning in school (Hint: OS/400).
|
|  - What products are people most likely to want to use, promote and BUY in
| the marketplace?  Answer: the ones they know or are comfortable with.
| Usually the ones they learn in school.   Can you see it?
|
|  - What happens when you lose the communication link with your customers
| by taking your field sales reps out of the picture?  Can you see it?
|
|  - Let's say you're a Ford mechanic.  All you're seeing being driven on
| the roads are Chevy's, with a few occassional Fords being driven by senior
| citizens.  All the classes in mechanics school are for Chevy's.  ALL YOU
| SEE ADVERTIZED ON TV IS CHEVY'S.  All the sales people want to sell you
| are Chevy's and perhaps Saabs...   Can you see it?
|
|  - Let's take this a bit further.  Presume that Fords and Chevy's ran on
| different fuel formulations.  What if you were finding it harder and
| harder to find fuel for your Ford?  What if your Ford Dealer also lamented
| that he was having a harder time finding fuel for his/her Ford?  But fuel
| for the Chevy's is becoming fairly cheap and ubuiquitous...although
| sometimes they find that it has more water in it than you would want...:)
|
| Just my opinion.  Can you see it? :)
|
| Don in DC

Very well put, Don!  Just COULDN'T snip any of it.

Yeah, I see it...

...and John Carr had the solution, years ago, as far as my eye can see,
because even IBM doesn't have enough money to change the image of the 400 in
TOO many people's eyes (as I wrote to Mr. Zeitler, and posted on iNation
Citizen list):

http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/10/10/40FEiseries_1.html
http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/10/10/40FEiseriesdem_1.html

(I may, or may not, write an e to Ms. Biggs...  She either doesn't fully
understand the HUGE advance and advantages of COD, or she explained it
poorly...)  GREAT articles, though!  Other than that one point, I can't
agree more with what you see.

jt



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