I do work with many shops, and other than one corp buyout by a shop with no AS400s, I have
not seen any drop their 400s. What I have seen, is an explosion of Win servers for network
apps like e-mail, pc based apps, Citrix, etc. If appropriate, I fight for the 400
to host these applications. But the 400 staff has to be willing to get into the 21st century,
run browser based apps, do something more than they did 10 years ago. IBM blew it years
ago when everyone was adding e-mail, and the 400 e-mail from IBM was interesting, but
hardly competitive. They now have Lotus working well with the 400, WebSphere is coming
on, CGI based web apps has been running for years, Net.Data for years. It's up to
us to promote these in our shops. Just keeping the legacy apps going will kill the system.
imho - jim
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