John,

Bingo...  THAT'S what I was trying to say...

Where I think the iNation can pay for itself:  Help IBM determine, ***early
on in the cycle***, if a product needs a few minor tweeks (ex: putting TCP
into the TIMI, for performance) or whether it's just another pipe-dream...

I think the iNation (ie folks on this list, and others like them) could have
EASILY predicted SAA wasn't gonna fly, that C++ ain't THE ticket (unless
you're going to Redmond), and that if IBM gets past a certain point
(Firewall) then bailing out without a good migration plan is just gonna give
them a black eye.

JMHO...  But I think the iNation could prevent IBM from some serious
disasters, AND show where near-disasters can rise out of the ashes (with a
tweek here and there) AND thus save IBM some money...

Still trying to figure out: who loses in this proposition...?!?

Is it gonna be fool-proof...?!?  Better question is: are better products
gonna be produced,  with less R&D investment by IBM?

jt

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