Great products? Business Reporting And Development System (BRADS) on the System/36. AD/Cycle. Microsoft Bob. RPG. TopView. WordPerfect/400. </sarcasm> -- Don Schenck Schenck Technical Consulting DonS@SchenckTech.com / www.SchenckTech.com > -----Original Message----- > From: D.BALE@handleman.com [mailto:D.BALE@handleman.com] > Sent: January 29, 2001 3:23 PM > To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com > Subject: RE: New names > > > Buck, I always respect your opinions. > > >1) Most good applications are not ported to multiple platforms, or if > >they are, the "native" platform is always seen as the premier system. > > Is this true even today? Have not several of the large ERP > vendors ported > their packages to various platforms? Or, to tackle the > "premier" argument, > would not a decision maker with knowledge of the superiority > of AS/400-iSeries > consider those packages for which the AS/400 is not the > "premier" system? If > not, why would the package vendors *ever* port anything? > > >Witness Word for Mac. > > You would dare use a Micro$oft product for this argument?!?!? <g> > > > >what is a "great program"? > >My opinion: One that tens of thousands of people can readily > name. Word, > > Buck, I think the word you're looking for is "popular", not "great". > Especially when it comes to Microsoft products. For me, > "greatness" has to go > beyond popularity. A great software product must also do > what it was intended > to do without causing problems, without puking all over the > system while > attempting to do simple tasks, etc. > > Hmmm, can you tell I've had my fair share of pain using > Microsoft products? > > Dan Bale > IT - AS/400 > Handleman Company > 248-362-4400 Ext. 4952 > > -------------------------- Original Message -------------------------- > >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 > +--- > +--- | 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: email@example.com +---
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