LETTER: Changing perceptions finds a fan

I enjoyed reading Maggie Biggs' Enterprise Toolbox (Opinion, CW August 14, p 24). It is encouraging to see that CW has discovered the AS/400 after all these years of so often referring to it as either "the ageing AS/400" or as a legacy system. It is a pity that so many journalists are ignorant of the AS/400 as it has always been such a fantastic computer system used by so many businesses. Historically, IBM has always been a poor marketer of the AS/400 because it competes with other IBM platforms.

Our company has been running its business on the AS/400 for 12 years now, and the only thing that has not changed is the name. To refer to the AS/400 as an ageing system would be like calling the PC an ageing computer.

The AS/400 has been continually enhanced both with new hardware and operating system since first delivered in 1988.

I trust now that the AS/400 has been "discovered" by the press it will treated in a different light.

Oystein Berg

MIS manager Caprice Australia

Victoria oberg@caprice.com.au

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