>IMO, companies do NOT choose to buy AS/400-iSeries over other platforms for >"great" programs, primarily because I think most good applications are ported >to multiple platforms nowadays, but rather they choose AS/400-iSeries because >it is a rock-solid platform with a damned good OS that hardly ever goes down >and, oh yes, it is one of the platforms that happens to run the software >package they're interested in. (O.K., maybe not necessarily in that order of >priority.) With the greatest of respect I disagree on several points. 1) Most good applications are not ported to multiple platforms, or if they are, the "native" platform is always seen as the premier system. Witness Word for Mac. 2) Software sales drive the hardware/OS sales. It was true in the 80's and is true today. Thousands of accountants walked into their local computer store and said "I want to buy Lotus. Sell me whatever computer runs it." They did not choose hardware and then ask what software can run on it. >what is a "great program"? My opinion: One that tens of thousands of people can readily name. Word, 1-2-3 and Quake meet this criteria. No matter how good they are, Code/400, DBU and neither Visual RPG do. Nobody buys an AS/400 because they can run Turnover on it. Buck Calabro Aptis; Albany, NY "Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know" -- Michel Montaigne Visit the Midrange archives at http://www.midrange.com +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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