• Subject: Re: Saving our AS/400
  • From: "Al Barsa, Jr." <barsa2@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 11:51:19 -0500

At 10:01 AM 1/29/01 -0600, you wrote:

Unfortunately, you are seeing a growing trend.  IBM is keeping the iSeries a secret because they are scared of the tax implications.  (The iSeries probably has the highest net margins of any computer platform in the world!)  However, IBM is too stupid to market it properly.

Seriously, you could go to IBM and ask for information about up time and how the system outperforms Sun, but IBM does tend to keep this information hush, hush.


        Our U. has bought an ERP package based on Oracle, Sun servers and the like.  As part of the deal, the vendor threw in an Alumni/Foundation product for free and now there is pressure to move to it.  Unfortunately, this product is not nearly as sophisticated as the system we have developed on the AS/400.  We need ammo to convince the powers that be not to migrate to this part of the ERP system.  We need to cite sources and articles by reputable organizations that show the AS/400 is not a dinosaur.  We need to show that the machine is as advanced as any server on the market and  that it's going to be around for a long time.  We simultaneously need to show that the 400 can support advanced languages like Java and C++ AND that RPG is not a dead language.  Can anyone point me to the resources I need to do all of this?

Guy Murphy - murphyfa@uiuc.edu
FACTS system - University of Illinois

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