• Subject: Re: IBM Spin Doctors on AS/400 Marketing
  • From: Francis Lapeyre <flapeyre@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Nov 1997 07:48:50 -0600
  • Organization: Communiqué, Inc. User

Chris Rehm wrote:
> So, when Bob's Funeral Home gets into the market for software, they ask
> someone they know who is involved in the computer industry. That is
> someone who reads the trades and they have seen NT mentioned a thousand or
> so times and that person probably starts the search looking for an NT
> product.
> Of course, you also see many ads for products which run under NT.
> I guess this is where the confusion lies. Giving the false impression that
> Microsoft has spent some fortune marketing NT. Then, the demands that IBM
> do the same for the AS/400.
> Chris Rehm
> Mr.AS400@ibm.net
> You have to ask yourself, "How often can I afford to be unexpectedly out of 
> Get an AS/400.

Well, Chris, it so happens I am an RPG programmer for a funeral home
business. In fact, we have seveal hundred facilities in the US (and more
in Canada, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand). The AR and accounting
functions are entirely AS/400 based. The 400 has gone down only once for
non-scheduled reasons, ad that was because the power got cut off to the
building, and the UPS didn't last long enough.

We also have a new help desk system which runs on NT ans MS SQL server.
Buggy as an ant farm. They have some unexpalined locks on some files,
and the only way to get rid of them is to reboot!

    Francis Lapeyre                       flapeyre@communique.net
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