What they may not be telling you is that the AS/400 is hiding, not moving
away... At least if it's going to survive. The AS/400 may not be popular
and is often labeled the 'Big box hiding in the closet'. IBM keeps
colorizing it and enhancing it, but what it's good at is still the same...
Running and Running and Running. Lately though, I've been increasingly
concerned that the AS/400 reliability is compromised by new technologies
and may lose this valuable reputation.

     There is something different in the AS/400's realm...  The personal
computer and Microsoft Windows finally became useful, cheaper and commonly
used. In fact,  PC hardware is cheaper, in fact, 'practically disposable'.
     Suppose you are proposing a computer solution to a company, new or
old, who has limited, if any, Internet serving experience. Most U.S.
companies fall into this category. They know what the Internet is and maybe
understand it's capabilities. They are also aware of the risks,
vulnerabilities and weaknesses. They want to get a start-up solution
running in hopes of finding out how the Internet will effect revenue, cash
flow and business operations.
     Minimizing the risk is an easier solution for them, put a disposable
PC in the 'line of fire'. But in order for the PC to be disposable, it
can't take long to install and configure. It can't contain what we call
'data' and it doesn't get 'backed up' regularly. It just needs to be
restarted once in a while to keep it running. This PC has dynamically
created information, some logic, a few business rules, and most important
of all... Access to reliable information on a file and application server.
A server with a rich operating system, extensive application support and
superior reliability... The AS/400.
     Later, assuming their Internet applications are successful, then a
higher cost, non-disposable solution can be justified, discussed and
proposed.

The real strength of the AS/400 is still the same strength... Application
Serving.

Ken Slaugh  (707) 795-1512 x118
Chouinard & Myhre, Inc.
AS/400 Professional Administrator/MSE
Client Access Specialist
http://www.cm-inc.com/


                                                                                
                 
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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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