Not to worry about the Help Systems folks. They are part of the Early Ship
program. The original authors of SEQUEL were testing future releases of the
OS before there was an early ship program. They even assisted IBM with
tweaking "issues" IBM was having with its built in DBMS back in the day.


Paul Nelson
Cell 708-670-6978
Office 409-267-4027
nelsonp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx


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Sent: Friday, August 28, 2015 12:38 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Querying a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database from an iSeries

I can appreciate the argument for make vs buy. At one time we consulted
out some jdbc work into SQL Server. We'd probably do our own now.

One argument for make over buy is less reliance on the external vendor.
When picking a vendor you want to ensure that your vendor will be ready to
go to r-next on GA date and actively participates in IBM's Early Ship
program. You do not want to get a vendor who says their product requires
java version such and such which stopped being supported after V5R4. There
are too many vendors who lag a year or more behind IBM's releases.

We have some lpars still on 7.1 because they're are running a WAS based
application that's not supported on 7.2. Their solution is to migrate to
their newer version. However the consultants are on their 8th month of
this and we're in the process of just setting up a cloud based solution
and forgo their new version.
And this is even canned unmodified software.


Rob Berendt

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