• Subject: Interesting comments, AS/400 web serving
  • From: mcrump@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 10:36:19 -0500

Even though most people here don't seem to like the 400Group there are some
interesting comments in this weeks Insider Weekly.  Now, I will warn you these
statements make my blood boil......

Tom Bittman is quoted as saying that there is a stronger emphasis on the RS/600
than the AS/400 for the long term.....

He is also quoted as saying that IBM only lets Rochester do about 70% of what
they want.....

They also state that (this was covered in the Newswire/400 last week I think)
Palmisano outlined 3 key objectives for the server group:

1.) Create a long-term vision
2.) Execute more effectively on server positioning
3.) Capture more server income and market share

Duh, I wonder if they'd ever listen to their customers (especially this one who
has spent a lot of money this quarter and will next quarter on AS/400 products)?
Between this lack of marketing, the depressed numbers, and these impending (only
can help in the short term will most likely hurt in the long run) workforce cuts
I am totally disgusted.  I hate to admit it but I sometimes thought Al was just
a little harsh in the past.  I take it all back.   I was wrong (anyone repeats
this to my wife I will deny it categorically).

To be honest, my disgust is high enough that if for some reason the AS/400 no
longer existed I think I would go out of my way to make sure I never buy an IBM
server again........

Sorry for the rant....

On a technical note, has anyone (in person or through the trade press) done a
comparitive analysis of the different AS/400 web servers?  I'm working on a
product position paper for e-commerce tools and would be interested in some
input as to the +'s and -'s of the different AS/400 web servers.....



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