>Now, with IBM's pricing charge of the 5250 tax it is possible to save
money with a Wintel solution.......

Their pricing is perfectly aligned with the direction they are going.
They want you to go Java and Websphere, and what better way to do that
than to keep interactive pricing high.  We are pricing out two new i5
boxes of medium size, and being that our new software development
approach is not using 5250 we can practically cut out the interactive

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 10:12 AM
To: Non-Technical Discussion about the AS400 / iSeries
Subject: Re: Microsoft goes after the iSeries

I think I'll extend my boycott of California Software products to ASNA.
While I'm all for alternative programming environments I struggle with a
number of inaccurate statements being made within the Midrange Alliance.

I'll repeat my position that with the i5 and the standard or value
license the iSeries is not the most expensive system and when you add
all the manpower issues around MS 2003 server, SQL server, disk storage,
etc.  it is the most affordable system.  Assuming you are a small,
medium, or large customer running an enterprise environment it is
improper to assume that the iSeries is more expensive.

Now, with IBM's pricing charge of the 5250 tax it is possible to save
money with a Wintel solution.......

1.)  I think IBM needs to revisit it's licensing practices - including
hardware maintenance......why give anyone an opening like that......?

2.)  I think IBM needs to respond aggressively to this garbage......

Do you think Mark Shearer is listening to this stuff?

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