Jon Paris wrote: >> Jeez, do you really think that 70% of the AS/400 >> universe is using RPG/IV? >But then the stagnant shops can't really be counted >anyway - they are already well on their way to being >replaced by an NT "solution" it is only a matter of time!! >If you don't progress you die - - that simple. Jon I love you to pieces but it is far from being "that simple." My last job was wholesale distribution. Very low margin. They absolutely completely utterly refuse to upgrade or enhance anything that isn't forced on them by legislation or competition. There's not enough return on investment otherwise. This company has never had a losing quarter. They continue to run System/3 era batch reports in a typical System/3 "end of day" process. Their business processes haven't changed since the '70s and neither has their code. They ran a S/3 some 5 years after hardware maintenance was discontinued (payroll, G/L, etc.) because they bought a parts machine very cheap. They switched to S/38 only because the S/3 was ultimately too small to support the business. Ditto for the AS/400. No PC network - dumb terminals are much cheaper to purchase and there is zero end user training. The antique AS/400 code will not be replaced by NT any time in this decade. Not even in a buyout (which has happened twice already.) The new parent lets them run "as is" as long as they make money. I can't believe that wholesale distribution is the only industry like this. Especially in the "small company" category. For every "progressive" Sysco there are a hundred small companies running old stable code that won't go NT. The platform's stability fosters that kind of lethargy, I guess. Buck Calabro Aptis; Albany, NY "Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know" -- Michel Montaigne Visit the Midrange archives at http://www.midrange.com +--- | 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: email@example.com +---
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