Snip1> and the AS/400 itself is way to complicated for most shops today. Snip2(dean)The difference between the AS/400 and any LAN/WAN is that any idiot can run an AS/400. With an idiot running it, the AS/400 might not be as fast as it could be, but it will still run without going down unless there is a hardware problem. With an idiot running NT, Novell, Banyan, etc., uptime is a question mark. I'm proof of that! Had a consultant set up the system, and had experts available for the occasional call, and ran the 400 for 9 months without a hitch. I am also nominally in charge of 2 NT servers as we own them but outsource the administration. Having watched what it takes to administer an NT server, and all the holes available in it's set up, etc. etc.. I would take the 400 any day. Snip3(Dean)Talk to your users, and ask them what they want. The _REAL_ users, not the one that's in charge of them and never touches a terminal. I've seen "visual" work well when the application was developed in concert with the users (using touch screens), but I've more often seen it fail because it implemented what "management" wanted to see. GUI is good, but GUI for GUI's sake is destined for failure... Hear! Hear! Have seen 3 client server implementations, all three groups came from 5250 interfaces. All three were chosen by top executives without "real" user input. The end users for all three hated their new interface. And the executives that chose them never use it of course. One one these groups had to move from their new system, when asked what they wanted in a new software system, they asked for green screen. Executives were not directly involved in the decision, they got a green screen product. Why can't we get a GUI interface that has green screen like input? While keeping the reporting and inquiry strengths of the GUI interface? Dale Draper Sega Enterprises, Inc. (USA) Dale.Draper@seu.sega.com +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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