I have the utmost respect for you, but in my opinion they only won this battle, 
not the war. In my opinion their handling of the interactive tax of CFINT in 
the 7XX series and V4R5 & V5R1 upgrades may cost them the war.

When exceeding an interactive limit kills a whole machine, I think that is a 
breach of contract by IBM. And yet they continue NOT to rectify the problem. 
They have not fixed that issue with the 7XX series or V4R5. I don't think that 
after spending $750,000 for a couple of 7XX machines, telling a customer that 
they need to spend another $125,000 to upgrade to the 8XX series is a fix. I 
perceive it to be a gun to the head.

If I were still an IS manager I would be looking for a new platform to move to. 
I wouldn't want to trust IBM with my operations. When an OS upgrade can kill a 
machine and their only responce is to upgrade the box, I find these tactics 
worse than anything Mr Gates has done.  I have been on an iSeries (spelled 
AS/400) since the B10, but IBM's tactics with the interactive tax had left a 
sour taste with me.


Jay Peasley

>IMHO, IBM strategy for defeating FAST400 is done.  They did a better job
>than the US did at Osama (who's probably in South America fooling around
>with the granddaughter of some Nazi).
>By making the FAST400 a prereq for every other PTF in the whole world, they
>won the war.  OS/400 is a proprietary operating system, and that's a good
>thing, not a bad one.

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