All over.  Oracle is makeing major inroads into the 400 base...and as we
told IBM years ago would happen, new folks are either coming into
companies with 400's or taking over companies with 400's...and the
newbie's don't know what a 400 is BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE EXPOSURE TO IT
IN SCHOOL.  To hear the new bosses say something like "I KNOW what Oracle
is, but haven't a clue what a 400 is, ergo 400 HAS to be dead technology"
is commonplace.  

I had lunch last week with the MIS Director of a major group in DC metro
that does alot of gov't contracting worldwide....when they go to bid a
contract, the gov't boys are telling them the same thing: they know what
NT and Oracle are (hell IBM's been marketing NT and Oracle for YEARS!),
but they have NO idea what a AS/400 is, ergo no 400 sales.  

Also, you're seeing the major software houses cranking out the NON-400
versions of their releases BEFORE the 400 versions of their
releases...tell you something??  I've got a company in DC that will
probably have to goto a non-400 platform because the functionality they
need in a vendors package is ready in the non-400 version, but won't be in
the 400 version for a while....

Yeah, I'm pissed, but frankly, I've given up on IBM's marketing even
showing up at the party...and I refuse to do IBM's job for them...

and I could go on  and on  and just shock the (socks) off of you and
really pissof a few folks...but I'm too nice of a guy, besides, it's Super
Bowl Sunday and Baltimore is gonna win...:)

BUT, try talking with the user group's BOD's accross the US and the major
education providors as well...the story ain't pretty...

Don in DC

On Sun, 28 Jan 2001, Avi Hecht wrote:

> Hi all,
> Lately I see shop after shop moving away from the AS/400 to other
> platforms such as NT, UNIX etc, But no new names to the AS/400 .
> Is it only in Israel or all over ?
> Thanks,
> Avi

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