• Subject: Re: AS/400 Systems Programming
  • From: HankHeath@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 20:44:20 -0500 (EST)

The functions that you were  performing you will keep performing. The
problems that creep in are if you were the problem solver on the big iron. If
so, you want to keep doing that, only using CL and some programming tips that
the techies trade around. 

If you do that, you'll start institutionalizing a lot of temporary solutions.
The problem is in thinking that this is a "down-sized" box that you're going
to. It really isn't. Just a different box with different rules. Take the time
to learn its rules and it will grow on you.

So, my advice is to get the IBM training (or its comparable level) in systems
administration, DB2/400, CL, and lots of communications (TCP/IP in
particular, these days). Set standards that are AS/400 standards, not
rewritten m/f standards. And, oh yeah, have a great time. It's a fun machine.


In a message dated 97-11-06 16:02:42 EST, gmacphee@email.kcmsd.k12.mo.us
(Garnet MacPhee) wrote:

<< My function in all of this is as yet uncertain, but it appears as 
 though I will be doing essentially the same functions I perform now, 
 installing new releases of the operating system, putting on PTF's, 
 tuning, backups, supporting the programmers. In addition, we will be 
 phasing out the operations department, and so I will be taking over 
 their functions, mounting tapes, setting up the schedule for batch 
 jobs, etc.
 My question is, are there any of you that have gone this route? What 
 difficulties/obstacles did you encounter? Do you have enough to do 
 now to keep you busy? What training did you have? >>

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