• Subject: Re: Why MI? (Was: MI programmers list? Interested?)
  • From: Jim Langston <jlangston@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 09:24:44 -0800
  • Organization: Conex Global Logistics Services, Inc.

I think that my shop would buy the entire package, as long as the discount
was reasonable.  Say RPG is $5000, C is $5000, other things $5000 etc...
Total cost to buy separately would be $20000 or $25000 or so.  If this
was available when we originally bought RPG (already paid for it now) at
a reasonable discount, say $10,000 to 12000 instead of $20000 I am sure
it would be bought.

The whole thing becomes, since we are an RPG shop, we would probably
hardly ever use the C compiler, but it would be nice to have.

For IBM, they are only making $5000 to $7000 for all these other compilers,
but we wouldn't of bought them anyway.  The development costs are already
sunk.  Better to get $5000 to $7000 for something someone may not even
use then nothing at all.

Regards,

Jim Langston

Bob Crothers wrote:

> John,
>
> It would be great!  But, how many company's would be willing to pay
> the price?  Eg (with fictitious numbers): $1,000 for RPG or $2,000 for
> everything?  Most companies would buy RPG only.  And you can't expect
> IBM to sell everything for the same price they get for RPG only.  And
> even if they did, I can hear it now...."But I don't WANT everything,
> only RPG".
>
> Bob
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From:   John P Carr [SMTP:jpcarr@tredegar.com]
> Sent:   Tuesday, November 09, 1999 3:46 PM
> To:     MIDRANGE-L
> Subject:        RE: Why MI? (Was: MI programmers list? Interested?)
>
> >My question has always been. Why does IBM charges $2,000 for an
> ordinary
> "C"
> >compiler that is available for free on about everything else. I can
> buy a
> >complete C++ development system for less than $100 on NT but pay
> $2,000 for
> >nothing but an ordinary "C" compiler on the AS/400.
> >
> >I thought the idea was to get people to write more programs on the
> AS/400,
> >not discourage them.
>
> Let me ask a question to the list;
>
> How many people would like it if you could buy just ONE development
> package
> for the AS/400 ?
>
> If you bought it to do development on the AS/400 you would
> automatically get
> EVERY compiler on the AS/400,  along with VA/xxxx & CODE/400 too.
>
> So you would have C, RPG, COBOL, VA/Java, VA/RPG,  etc, etc.
> and all the other Tools.
>
> Would that be a good idea??
>
> John Carr
>
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