On Fri, 28 December 2001, Chuck Lewis wrote:

> jt wrote:
> <There are plenty of tools that allow you to re-engineer your applications, 
>to a
> client/server mode that bypasses the interactive "tax".  Few, however, can
> afford the massive expense of re-engineering their apps.  That's why many 
> to iSeries customers as "captive".>
> jt, no offense but my understanding of the term "captive" in regards to the
> AS/400 has always been that it would be so hard to move off of the AS/400 to
> something else because of the integrated data base, etc. In the Unix world it 
> pretty easy to hop from Sun to HP...

I did a two-week "facilities management" stint for a site a few years back. The 
company had been purchased a couple years earlier by a larger company and their 
S/38 installation was being converted to run on the parent company's system. 
Original estimate for conversion was approx 6 months. When I was there, the 
project had been going for 18 months and the latest estimate to completion was 
"6 months". (I know projects often go that way, but it wasn't like requirements 
kept changing or any normal scope-creep was happening.)

Seems they were having trouble giving similar functionality what with those 
pesky subfiles, external descriptions, etc. No one in the parent organization 
had any idea in the beginning of how much functionality was integrated in the 
S/38 and has been simply taken for granted by us.

Tom Liotta

Tom Liotta
The PowerTech Group, Inc.
19426 68th Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032
Phone  253-872-7788
Fax  253-872-7904

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