• Subject: RE: Computerworld article - it's not just the box dummy!
  • From: "MCPARTLAND, Stan" <stanley.mcpartland@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 08:04:01 -0700


There are some premium quality applications for the AS/400.  Four of the
top five ERP systems run on the AS/400.  Oracle Applications being the
exception -- something to do with a piece of software that competes with
DB2/400.  One thing I learned during ERP system evaluation is SAP R/3
was originally developed on the AS/400.  At that time R/3 would not
scale on the AS/400 so it was moved to UNIX.

Stan McPartland

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> From:         ericadelong@pmsc.com
> Reply To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Sent:         Wednesday, July 15, 1998 9:54 AM
> To:   MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject:      Re: Computerworld article - it's not just the box dummy!
> Scott,
> I would tend to agree with you about the lack of premium quality apps
> for the 
> AS400. Most legacy software that I've been cursed with maintaining
> suffer from 
> "enhancements" or "extensions" that were hastily coded and "patched"
> into the 
> "system". Poor design, no documentation, bad coding practice, lack of
> education 
> or experience, and the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" syndrome all
> conspire 
> to keep these legacy apps from fufilling their promise. I once worked
> for a 
> company that still ran apps developed on the S/3, migrated through
> S34, S36, and
> as400. S36E was their best friend. They were an IBM BP, selling HW/SW 
> "solutions" that, IMO, were outdated on the s36. IBM didn't seem to
> care about 
> the quality of the software. I was not a happy camper. Sadly, not much
> has 
> changed between then and now. Different job, new faces, same attitude.
> If it 
> ain't broke......
> Dispiritedly yours,
> Eric A DeLong
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