<moved to Non-Tech, per David...  Noticed most-a the follow-up posts were
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| [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of tomh@xxxxxxxxx
| Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 10:04 AM
| To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
| Subject: RE: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO BRING NEW CUSTOMERS TO THE ISERIES
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| You may be right in that it's too late for the current generation.  One
| approach that IBM could take would be the same back-end that others have
| taken - give an iSeries server to college computer labs.  Graduates will
| have experience on our favorite platform, and probably even a preference
| for it.

Real briefly:  As Booth mentioned, IBM has put some resources into the PIE
(Partner's in Education) program.  Dunno how much, or if they were
sufficient or whether the cost was still just too high for the colleges and
universities.

However, I don't agree with what Booth says about "Very few students will
even look at it.  It doesn't do games.  All those kids are thinking one
thought:  'I'm going to write the next great game and get stinking rich.'"
Sure, some kids (and adults, as well) have that attitude and are eagerly
awaiting the rebound of the the dot-com era.  I think most have a more
realistic view.

Dunno if any-a you saw this link, which I just happened to come across just
lately:
http://archive.midrange.com/mi400/200303/msg00009.html
Didn't say any follow-ups to Don's question in this thread, however, but
would be interested since I have an 810 gathering dust.  (Mainly dunno how
much work it'd be to implement something, either, nor how/who got this "a
done deal" at RRCC.)



| But that's only part of the equation - the college computer science
| departments also need to teach how to evaluate computer hardware in the
| enterprise.  I know that our local college and university never
| even bring
| the subject up.

I hear a little about about one-a the local Universities, because my ex-Wife
and a buddy have and are going through MBA program.  Although it's an
extremely practical program, (told Harvard came to inspect program, to try
to implement some-a this practical approach,) I think some things are best
learnt through experience.



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