Predictions, no special order, just ruminations:

prediction 1: The AS/400 will be IBM's test vehicle to move the code base 
to unicode from ascii and epcdic(sp?)
prediction 2: Java on the AS/400 will falter as Microsoft's "embrace and 
extend" policy begins the destruction of the Java standard.
prediction 3:  AS/400 marketing will be moved away from RS/6000 marketing 
in an belated attempt to establish two nameplates in the marketplace.
prediciton 4: The trade press will announce the death of the AS/400 
product line at least once during the year, but probably twice.
prediction 5: Unit sales of the AS/400 will increase year over year, but 
revenues will sag by 8% or so.
prediction 6: The %BIF count will approach 250.  There will be a meta%BIF.



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Subject:        Future of AS/400

Hi all,

I am doing an article on the future of the AS/400 (you know, end of year
prognostications and all).  I thought I would query you folks to see what
you think is the real (not wished) future of the 400, its technology, 
IBM's
future with it, development platforms, etc.  Just shoot anything you think
worth while.

Thanks

John


John Bussert
Swift Technologies
Elgin
847-289-8339
847-289-8939 fax
jbussert@stecnet.com

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