Hi Don,

Do you think or know if IBM wants to kill the machine or integrate it with
the AIX box ?

There are hardly any new jobs or courses for the AS/400 yet lots for ORACLE
and NT & UNIX .

Websphere is not picking up and I can't name one shop running it or a
developer working on it
it's such a ... product .

Thank's for your input .

Avi


----- Original Message -----
From: "Don" <dr2@cssas400.com>
To: "Avi Hecht" <avi_hecht@hotmail.com>
Cc: <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2001 7:54 PM
Subject: Re: New names


>
>
> Avi,
>
> 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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