• Subject: Re: Rochester Pushes Back 2000 Announce Date
  • From: Glenn Ericson <Glenn-Ericson@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 09:30:07 -0400

guess IBM  technical  & marketing folks will get an opportunity 
to see the 400 community reaction, at minimum, before the next move.

Carl Friedberg wrote:
>I'm stunned by the negative psychology behind this style of thought.
>Personally I don't expect the world to collapse on 1/1/0, and I don't know
>anyone else who is expecting significant disasters.
>Why would IBM respond in this negative fashion? Suppose they introduce new
>hardware on 1/1/0 and no one orders it until February 29th? Delivery is
>normally far beyond annouce, with new products, so I don't see what is to be
>gained by slipping the announcement. It just adds to the mystique of the
>year 2000 problem. And, it encourages people who might order for earlier
>delivery, to delay any hardware purchases. Why would you order something
>which is already obsolete, knowing that IBM is putting off their new product
>announcements? Too bad.
>Is this part of an industry pattern? Are other IBM product lines holding
>back new hardware, or software, until the second half of 2000? I am not
>aware of this as a general pattern, at least not yet.
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