• Subject: FYI - Press Inquiry: AS/400 Tenth Anniversary.
  • From: mcrump@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 16:12:41 -0500

FYI - Hope this is not out of line but as you can read below ComputerWorld
is doing an article on the AS/400's 10th anniversary. I have spoken to
Jaikumar.  He has asked if I could assist him in getting some more opinions
for his article.   Since there is no shortage of opinions here I thought I
would post his email to me on the list! :-)  Please feel free to contact
him at the phone number or at the email address jaikumar_vijayan@cw.com.

---------------------- Forwarded by Mike Crump/IS/Ball-Foster on 07/01/98
03:59 PM ---------------------------

To:   Mike Crump/IS/Ball-Foster
Subject:  Press Inquiry: AS/400 Tenth Anniversary.


I am a senior editor of Computerworld in Framingham, Mass.

I am doing a story on the tenth anniversary of the AS/400 looking at some
of the reasons behind the continuing success of the platform. People have
been writing-off the AS/400 for years but that has simply failed to happen
for a variety of reasons. In fact, according to IBM, AS/400 sales are
pretty robust in all geographies and revenues have actually been growing at
double-digits. So much for a platform that was supposed to have been wiped
out by Unix and now by NT.

So what is going on and why? And what do users think about IBM's AS/400
efforts over the years--and particularly its recent strategy to widen the
appeal of the platform?

 I am hoping to speak with a number of AS/400 users to try and answer those
questions. Would be great if you could spare a few minutes of your time to
either call me at (800) 343 6474 ext 8220, or e-mail me at the above

In case you are e-mailing me, please include full name, title, company
name, location, number of years on the AS/400, the size of the installation
and a brief description of the applications running on it.

Please feel free to distribute this note to other AS/400 shops too.

Thanks in anticipation.


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