• Subject: EVERYONE !! Read THIS !!! The AS/400 RULES ! <BG>
  • From: Chuck Lewis <CLEWIS@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 01 Mar 1999 10:37:52 -0500

Hello Folks !

JUST in case you didn't catch Dan's post to me under the "Question on
Cobol (Unix) file layouts... " subject/thread - be SURE to read what a
former NCR/Unix user has to say about the AS/400 !!! We had moved from
NCR/Unix to the AS/400 at the first of this year (that's what I was
brought in to handle. I have been with the AS/400 since NEARLY day
one...) and I was wondering what he thought about their switch !

Dan's reply:

Yes, I've been IS Manager at this company for 15 years.  We've gone from
proprietary NCR minicomputers to NCR Unix systems to a combination of
AS/400 and NT servers (all at my direction).  Until the AS/400, we were
diehard supporters of Cobol and Unix.  We all absolutely love the
AS/400. Previously, I always thought of people/companies using the
AS/400 as boring, unimaginative sheep that followed IBM's direction
(whatever that might be). Now, I feel the AS/400 is the best combination
of solid integration, performance and reliability that you can only get
with a single company producing both the hardware and O/S and yet the
system is in my opinion more open than the Unix system it replaced.
Unix <> Unix (meaning if you are not on the right "flavor" you can't run
software just because it is available on Unix).  I have to admit that
some of the AS/400 hardware components seem pricey, but right now I
wouldn't bet our enterprise applications on any other server!

========

Chuck

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