ROCHESTER PUSHES BACK 2000 ANNOUNCE DATE 8
If you're expecting Rochester to announce new AS/400 hardware and
OS/400 software this spring, don't hold your breath. Big Blue has
pushed back the release date for its hardware refresh and OS/400
upgrade - IBM hasn't yet decided whether it should be called "V4R5"
or "V5R1" - to the second half of the year to give folks a breather
Many shops have gone into a Y2K lockdown, analysts say, and don't
plan to buy any new hardware until well into the new year. If these
shops have to deal with unresolved Y2K problems and roll out their
contingency plans, upgrading their AS/400s will be the last thing on
their minds. So Rochester decided that it would be poor timing to
launch new hardware upgrades and operating systems until after any
Y2K fallout has settled down and shops can start thinking about
investing in new technology.
"This 2000 thing has a lot of people concerned," says Jennifer Clark,
the AS/400's technology marketing manager, "so why should we be a
part of the problem?"
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