• Subject: Fwd: Press Inquiry
  • From: David Gibbs <david@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Jul 1998 18:09:22 -0500


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>From: "Jaikumar Vijayan" <Jaikumar_Vijayan@cw.com>
>To: david@midrange.com
>Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 15:20:29 -0400
>Subject: Press Inquiry
>I am a senior editor with Computerworld newspaper in Framingham, Mass.
>The reason I am contacting you is this. I am trying to get in touch with
>users of AS/400 systems for a story I am doing on the 10th Anniversary of
>the platform. I have made several calls to AS/400 users around the country
>and am in the process of getting feedback from them. But since the idea is
>to get feedback from as many AS/400 users as possible I was wondering if it
>would be possible to post this message on the midrange list?
>Here's the message.
> 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? What are some of the primary reasons for the
>continuing success of the AS/400? What are some of the biggest issues users
>face going forward? And what do you think about IBM's AS/400 efforts over
>the years--and particularly its recent strategy to widen the appeal of the
> 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 anybody who you think may be
>willing to comment on the above.
>Thanks in anticipation.
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