• From: Chris Bipes <rpg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 07:30:54 -0700

We just orders an upgrade from a 510 to a 720.  Hardware should be here in a
couple of weeks and live before the end of next month.  We are also
upgrading a second machine from a CICS 200 to a 170.  All will be on V4R4
and we are going to upgrade the OS on the 400 from V3R7 to V4R4, (V4R3 at
first).  We can not wait, growing too fast.  :-)

Christopher K. Bipes     mailto:ChrisB@Cross-Check.com
Sr. Programmer/Analyst   mailto:Chris_Bipes@Yahoo.com
CrossCheck, Inc.         http://www.cross-check.com
6119 State Farm Drive    Phone: 707 586-0551 x 1102
Rohnert Park CA  94928 Fax: 707 586-1884

*Note to Recruiters
Neither I, nor anyone that I know of, is interested in any new and/or
exciting positions. Please do not contact me.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carl Friedberg [mailto:friedberg@exs.esb.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 1999 5:43 PM
To: 'MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com'

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.

Carl Friedberg, carl@comets.com
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