First off, if you're not here representing ASNA, then the use of "us" to
refer to ASNA is a little misleading.  In any case, here's the deal.
Your company is specifically a part of the Midrange Alliance, which
publishes the following:

Read that, and let me know if you can't figure out why your association
with this group might be perceived negatively by the members of this

These people either have a lot of gall or a real dearth of creativity to
basically mock the iSeries developers roadmap put out by IBM.  The
inclusion of a column entitled "Better Scalability" is particularly
stupefying.  There isn't a Windows solution in the world that scales
with an iSeries.

With this load of bilge, MS has clearly drawn the line, and it's time
for vendors to choose.  You can not be a part of this organization and
also be seen as pro-iSeries.  It's one or the other, and clearly, ASNA
has chosen to throw in with MS:

"ASNA Monarch translates the RPG as well as the display files, and the
resulting project is a free-standing .NET application that performs the
same core functions as its green-screen ancestor. Applications can
communicate directly either with an iSeries/i5 database or Microsoft SQL
Server. Whether you simply want to re-host your applications on .NET and
continue using your iSeries/i5 database, or if your goal is full-scale
migration off the iSeries/i5 platform, Monarch will do the work for


> From: Phillip Hinojosa
> Hello All,
> I work for ASNA.  My views are not shared nor approved by ASNA. That
> being said, this is the most exciting time in the history of an RPG
> developer. Some of you may think that's debatable but I have proof.
> Anyway, I don't understand which specific statements from ASNA caused
> you to boycott us but I think it's unfair that the public may
> a negative opinion about ASNA.

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