Carl: I would respectfully disagree with your assertion that IBM's decision to push back the next announcements is a "negative" thing. The fact is, at least in my part of the world, AS/400 shops are sitting pat for the rest of the year. My company employs 40 consultants and for the first time in the four years I've been with the company, we finally have more supply than demand. My boss says that almost all existing and potential clients are in a wait and see mode; they've either finished or are finishing up Y2K work and they're not going to throw something new into the mix that might complicate things. So, I think IBM recognizes this and thinks to itself, "hey, everybody will have their heads buried too deep in Y2K stuff (even after New Year's, fixing what was missed and verifying everything else) to pay much attention to anything we might announce. I believe IBM really does think through the timing of their announcements (which is surprising given the abysmal marketing efforts lately). Think about it, what good is announcing something if nobody's paying attention? JHMO. - Dan Bale 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. +--- | 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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