I have decided to accept an offer to change from my current P/A position to a Sys Admin position within my company. There are several reasons for doing so, but primarily, they have offered me to take "ownership" of the AS/400 environment. Through some new, fresh blood in the management team partly due to a reorg, they are looking to do a clean sweep of all our "old" AS/400 equipment and replace with new AS/400s. Currently, we have a development AS/400 and a QA/Production AS/400 in our corporate headquarters and one AS/400 in each of our four plants. (We are also an IBM mainframe and Unix-Oracle shop.) The VP (new to the company) in charge of this aspect of our company has voiced concerns regarding the reliability issues of old equipment and our ability to get replacement parts on a TIMELY basis so that we suffer only minimal downtime. He is vaguely familiar with the AS/400 and in his previous employment managed a shop that included AS/400s; he has a good impression of the AS/400 and knows generally of the reliability of the platform that most of us take for granted. Personally, I see this as an opportunity to champion the AS/400 and promote new uses that were either unavailable or not well suited with the old equipment. The lowest common denominator has been our V3R2 development box, which has been a real PITA as far as trying to exploit current AS/400 features. While I have other questions that I will ask in separate postings, I would like to hear your suggestions as to how I might get up to speed on the latest AS/400 technologies, both hardware features and OS features. I have been out of that loop since I have had no responsibilities over the past several years involving AS/400 hardware and OS issues, strictly in a P/A role. Now I need to catch up. Oh, BTW, I have been in the IBM midrange for over 15 years and have been on the AS/400 since its inception. I subscribe to AS/400 network, but, to tell the truth, have paid most of my attention to the programming articles. Guess I better get to reading my old issues, eh? __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get email at your own domain with Yahoo! Mail. http://personal.mail.yahoo.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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