I should qualify that is just a basic count of 'applications'. Some
home grown, some bought, lots of small applications (emphasis on a lot),
some major, etc. The factor is 3.6 so I round up! Point being that we
are constantly adding applications as well as growing servers (at a
decent rate), adding servers (at a slower rate because we'd rather grow
servers instead of adding), and we have less staff over time.

Personally, the applications that I administer or provide technical
support to is much greater than it used to be - while adding managing a
staff and a data center to boot. Not tooting my own horn - I'm sure
most of us are in the same boat - just an example that adding an
application, adding a server, does not equate to adding a person. 10
pounds of **** can fit in a 5 pound bag.

Michael Crump

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Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc.
1509 S. Macedonia Ave.
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Not necessarily - we have quadrupled our applications in i5/OS in the
last 5 years....with a decrease in staffing......

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On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 7:12 PM, Trevor Perry <trevor@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Booth,

Where are you being told that IBM is not selling anything?

Read some of Mark Shearer's words here:
http://blogs.systeminetwork.com/isnblogs/maxedout/

"In my first two and half years in System i, I got an awful lot of
feedback
from clients that they wanted to pay for what they use, that they
wanted
us
to improve the price-to-value ratio . . . and we relaunched our entire
entry-level product line back in April -- that ultimately drove more
than
25
percent volume growth last year in System i."


would it follow that there has been a 25% increase in programmers asking
questions on midrange-l? a 25% increase in system i5 employment across
the
board, an equivalent increase in attendance at user's groups and COMMON
conferences?

-Steve

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