Yes, I'm extremely worried.

One or two years ago HP and MS joined forces here and are literally hunting
for iSeries boxes, this year they are promoting specially targeted events,
cases, studies, surveys and marketing.

If you wish, they can send some specialists to analyse and recommend
migration and or replacement paths.

On some cases (via a special SMB Brand) they offer free training (MS Web
University) in any language you choose (including Brazilian Portuguese).

Complete the courses on a given time to win some packages (I've got 3 or 4
Windows Server 2003 R2 licenses).

Need to try something else? They offer a CD with a 90 day working copy (wich
can be postponed) and / or free time on their servers to create a virtual

Not enough? They offer hosting of part or entire applications on the
platform of your choice.

Interestingly, those contacts aren't made by Gold Partners and / or Major
Resellers but with HP and MS own people, on a second moment they do invite
some Partners, wich already experienced migrations close to yours, details
on pro and cons can be obtained diretcly with ex-AS/400 now WinHP users.

And above all they are making a lot of noise, many people on managing
positions are hearing about that, that same people thinks the server is
still named AS/400 and running "old fashioned" COBOL / RPG "green screen

Try to explain to them (my bosses and auditors included) that all above is
not exactly what it is, specially when we know that many older AS/400 shops
have moved a long time ago.

And how about IBM? Really don't know about their plans, but we had some
other problems and asked for help, tomorrow makes a week, still no solution.

What about the world, are those actions taken only in Brazil? Only in BRIC?

Yes, I'm extremely worried.

Best Regards,


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Em nome de Eric Lehti
Enviada em: quarta-feira, 19 de março de 2008 12:29
Para: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Assunto: The HP Pitch on Rehosting i5/OS Applications on

Does this worry any of you? This is from a very long article, typical of

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The HP Pitch on Rehosting i5/OS Applications on Integrity

Having formally declared war for the umpteenth time on the mainframe last
October with its Application Modernization Initiative in partnership with
database maker Oracle <> and server chip maker Intel
<> , Hewlett-Packard <> is gearing
up to take a run at the OS/400 and i5/OS installed base. Getting customers
to change platforms is never easy, even when they are not particularly
happy, but rehosting environments certainly help and have always been part
of such programs.


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