• Subject: Re: AS/400 Gasping For Air ??
  • From: "Mary Jo Whitcomb" <mjwhit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 04:34:02 -0800

I wonder how many of those NT boxes were added to co-exist with existing
AS400s.  At our hospital, we currently have 4 Novell servers that serve a
retail pharmacy, two clinics, and our in house LAN.  But, our old F45 was
upgraded to a beautiful new 620 for all of our main applications.
At least one of our servers is going to be upgraded with NT installed.
Servers can co-exist with the AS400, and when they do, the difference in
uptime is obvious.  (Especially with me running up the hall, saying "It
isn't the 400, the LAN is down!").  That is why the clinical areas will
always have at least one dumb terminal along with any PCs that are installed
to connect with the LAN, and why our BOD never considered going with
anything else other than an AS400 when the decision was made to find a new
Hopital Information System that was Y2K compliant.
I am sure there are AS400 shops that have and will be adding (not replacing)
NT to their information systems.
 Mary Jo
-----Original Message-----
From: John Carr <74711.77@compuserve.com>
To: Midrange-L <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Sunday, January 03, 1999 4:57 PM
Subject: AS/400 Gasping For Air ??


>
>What's your opinion on this article ??    Do you agree with Sandy?
>
>Maybe Drop her a line.    She is the Editor I think of Inforworld Today.
>Visit the site below to see
>the graphs.
>
>I personally didn't think she could spell AS/400.
>
>John Carr
>EdgeTech
>Have Classes, Will Travel
>
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>-----------------------------------
> http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayNew.pl?/reed/reed.htm
>
>
>By Sandy Reed
>
>       December 28, 1998 / January 1999
>
>       Some see the AS/400 as losing the race, but
>       others say it's just getting started
>
>       Depending on how you look at it, the IBM AS/400 is either taking its
>last
>       breath or just getting its second wind. There's no doubt it's been a
>       commercial success during the past 10 years. What's in question is
>how long
>       it can stay in the race against increasingly powerful opponents.
>
>       Among those who see the AS/400 gasping for air are analysts at the
>Gartner
>       Group, a research company that sometimes seems to be as interested
>in
>       shaping trends as in spotting them. In a recent report, Gartner
>predicted
>       trouble for the AS/400 platform because of three related technology
>trends:
>       enterprise resource planning (ERP), Windows NT Server, and the
>year-2000
>       problem.
>
>       The charts accompanying this column
>       illustrate Gartner's predictions for ERP
>       database server sales in 1998, 2000,
>       and 2002. They're based on a survey of
>       1,300 ERP customers worldwide.
>       InfoWorld Associate Editor Jim Battey,
>       who analyzed the study, notes that the
>       charts represent units sold each year,
>       not total installed base.
>
>       The main reason companies aren't
>       buying AS/400s as ERP servers is that
>       ERP vendors have turned their attention
>       to NT Server. PeopleSoft, for instance,
>       recently acknowledged that it won't
>       support all newly planned applications
>       on the AS/400. Earlier this year, Baan announced a "special
>relationship" with
>       Microsoft founded on NT products. (See "PeopleSoft stumbles on
>support,
>       school apps" and "Baan counteracts poor financials by striking deal
>with
>       Microsoft.")
>
>       Gartner predicted that the trend toward ERP on NT will accelerate
>once IT
>       shops pass the year-2000 problem. In fact, the analysts said that
>the
>       year-2000 problem has actually delayed the defection to NT because
>       companies are so busy focusing on it.
>
>       To other observers, the reports of the AS/400's demise are
>exaggerated.
>       They predict that what's to come is a second wind, not a last
>breath.
>       InfoWorld's Maggie Biggs heard agreement from hundreds of readers
>after
>       she wrote in her Enterprise Toolbox column that the AS/400 has
>morphed
>       "into a server platform capable of reliably servicing legacy,
>client/server, and
>       Web-based business computing." And InfoWorld Editor at Large Ed
>       Scannell noted a similar reaction to his article, "IBM AS/400s
>quietly find
>       success." Both cited the fact that IBM responded to the NT challenge
>by
>       making it possible for AS/400 users to run both OS/400 and Windows
>NT
>       from the same box.
>
>       How do you vote? Is the AS/400 gasping for air or just getting its
>second
>       wind?
>
>
>
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