• Subject: Re: AS/400 vs. NT
  • From: "Luther Ananda Miller" <luther.miller@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 20:45:34 +0200

AS/400 vs NT is not necessarily a be a battle of user interfaces features. We have been working with AS/400 solutions using Visual Basic as a front end for years, using the AS/400 for a stable database server which also runs intense processing of data. We are now expanding this to include Java GUI clients and expanding our use of the server (AS/400) to implement java as well as ebusiness. Why? We believe the AS/400 is more reliable, offers more scalability, and less administration than NT and flavors of Unix.
 
Luther
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From: boothm@earth.goddard.edu <boothm@earth.goddard.edu>
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Thursday, 28 October 1999 6:03
Subject: Re: AS/400 vs. NT


Good point.  So the lesson is:  our prices are too low by a factor of 10?  

Lets assume that posit for a moment, which basically says that by taking away the restraint of budget, what could we offer in competition to the fat client solution?  I think that is the real question here: fat client vs. text-based data stream.

I wonder how we can make the green screen applications intuitive, easy to use, pleasing to look at, and easily supported?  

The idea of an HTML and 5250 combining into a snazzy interface makes a lot of sense but man, it needs a lot of additional function to be accepted.

What does the AS/400 solution offer that NT doesn't?  We know that reliability is a non-issue -  too many NT servers are running way to well and way to long for us to throw up the reliabilty smoke screen anymore, and the AS/400 itself is way to complicated for most shops today.  

So, what is there to offer?  



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In our current corporate culture, the warriors no longer compare battle
scares, they compare budgets.

Like medals earned for battles fought, it's the "bragging rights" that
are being purchased.


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