On Sat, 26 January 2002, "Nathan M. Andelin" wrote:

> Consider how IBM prices interactive features separately on the iSeries.  The
> higher price has little to do with cost.  It's a value proposition.

I am unaware of any evidence beyond 'educated guesswork' to support this. Now, 
understand I'm not saying at all that it isn't true; I'm simply saying that IBM 
is the sole possible source of any concrete evidence for this and they don't 
comment in any useful way. There currently seems to be no way for us to 
determine what it costs IBM to support interactive capacity.

(I'm personally impressed with how much they've managed to provide via TCP/IP 
that was previously available almost solely through SNA. Granted, the 
green-screen functionality visible to the user might not have changed much; but 
the underlying 'plumbing' has certainly seen work in OS/400 V3 and V4... and 
without breaking much of what has always worked.)

So, while it may be sold as a value proposition, the breakdown of costs is 
unknown... Unless you have specific sources of info?

Tom Liotta

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Kent, WA 98032
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