Buck, Good comments... I "HEAR" ya...! jt | -----Original Message----- | From: firstname.lastname@example.org | [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Buck Calabro | Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 10:10 AM | To: firstname.lastname@example.org | Subject: iSeries applications coupled with Microsoft applications (was: | US Navy bets on Win2K) | Importance: High | | | Tom, | | >While AS/400s and iSeries have their share of oddities | >and frustrations (WRKJOB *OPNF or "marketing" or ...), | >we see new items on that list only rarely. But how many | >times can you repeat the same positives (integrated | >facilities, meets many open interoperability standards, | >reliability, 64-bit, etc.,...) without sounding like a | >broken record and being tuned out? | | Excellent point. The way we can do that is by working WITH Microsoft | products in a more coupled way. Here's an example. How many | times have we | seen "How do I get my iSeries database file on Excel?" As long as the | answer to that is convoluted, we're losing ground. There should be a very | lightweight (not Ops Nav) means to simply drag a DBF onto the | Excel icon and | BAM! It's on the PC. | | Here's another example. All the PC software in the world seems to be able | to import/export comma delimited files. It's a frequent question | as to how | to get OS400 to do that, and it's rarely successful on the first | try. Why? | If we wrote a lightweight means to drag/drop and preview the | "transfer" this | would go lickety-split! | | But that's playing catch-up. How about having the iSeries drive Excel via | VBA so we can push data down to it? Imagine an app where the accountant | presses "F10 for graph" and the iSeries fires up Excel, loads the data and | creates a pie chart? We should drive the desktop, not wait for them to | drive us. | | This sort of coupled interoperability is what I'm talking about. | Imagine us | driving the desktop; word processing, spreadsheet and so on. That's the | positive message we can contribute to the discussion. Results, not | theoretical uptime and interoperability numbers. | | --buck | _______________________________________________ | This is the Midrange Systems Technical Discussion (MIDRANGE-L) | mailing list | To post a message email: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com | To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, | visit: http://lists.midrange.com/cgi-bin/listinfo/midrange-l | or email: MIDRANGE-Lemail@example.com | Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives | at http://archive.midrange.com/midrange-l. |
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