|Sow seeds to grow the 3000
Plant some applications if you really want to improve your platform's future
Good news isnt hard to find. New applications for
the 3000 are,
however. In the eye of this storm of renaissance is the
calm of commercial application development. Wed like
to see some
of the current zephyr thats creating utilities,
connectivity begin to blow software in that will sell new
HP will be doing its part in the next month,
shipping out a low-cost
development 3000 loaded with the software needed to create just
about anything. Theres ample third-party support for
too. Some of the best developer tools will be shipping with the
system, virtually free.
|More middleware, umpteen
utilities, and cheap connectivity all
dance around the central need for the
3000s continued health:
applications to drive system sales to new
Theres ample activity all around this core
requirement for the
3000s continued health. We count three different ODBC
solutions for sale from third parties. A pair of Java-based
emulators are either delivered (Minisofts) or in beta
Java itself is being fine-tuned by CSY to deliver
development capabilities. Internet readers are even hearing
a free offering in the terminal emulation arena, created by a
well-regarded software company.
I wonder if what the 3000 market really needs is a
of something thats contributing significantly to the
of two other firms or even three ODBC offerings.
Wed be the
last ones to discourage anybody from cutting more code that
on HP 3000s and offering it to the marketplace. But more
umpteen utilities, and cheap connectivity all dance around the
central need for the 3000s continued health:
drive system sales to new companies.
We expose in this issue evidence of some of that
Skies, Performing Technologies, Amisys/HBO and Distribution
Company are placing HP 3000s in sites where the system
before. To some extent, an offering like AICS
can be an engine for new HP 3000s, given a companys
to use it in place of PC solutions for billing and accounting.
And solutions like Mitchell Humphreys FMS II often
make an HP
3000 thats already doing shop floor work absolutely
a companys bottom line by controlling financials. Our
off to all these MPE application suppliers.
We need more of that kind of code, and soon.
Its a marvelous
thing to have Year 2000 tools and utilities to keep HP
and running through the millennium shift. Lots of people agree
that the HP 3000s out there are going to enjoy a protected path
during the century change. Its a much harder course
to be migrating
critical business processes to a new platform at the same time
youre making sure your datas dates are
straight. Well probably
see fewer HP 3000s shut down during the next two
years than any
other time in the latter half of the decade.
But that respite wont last too long beyond
2001. HP, its channel
partners and resellers who care about the 3000, and people like
you, need to take advantage of this two-year tunnel to
business solutions. Solutions for sale to others. Or at the
overhaul older applications which could benefit from things
Web access and client-server integration.
This is daring work for a company to do. Creating
for a platform is a byproduct of building a business solution,
software that lets a company get to work. You offer something
like a symphony management package or an airline
without even mentioning what computer it runs on. In the early
going, nobody even asks. They just want something to keep the
seats full, whether theyre on a 737 jetliner or in a
auditorium. Down the line in the sales process, somebody
what kind of computer is keeping track of the seats.
the developer has to screw up their pride and say, An
of course. We wanted a platform that was always
By contrast, its easier to sell software that
where its going the installed base of HP
3000s. These utility
solutions are important to lots of companies, just as vital to
business success as any application. But theyre not
of growth for the platform. And as more than a few of our
experts have noted, that growth is essential.
Theres only so much any utility, programming
or connectivity tool can do to keep the HP 3000s
place at the
table. Even advances like 64 bit MPE and b-tree indices
nurture existing systems. It takes application developers
the seeds in the ground.
Its not like the alternatives to HP 3000s for
are really any better. Creating applications to run on NT and
Unix platforms or even on big, wooly PC LANs
really only delivers
one serious advantage to a developer. Thats right,
size. At the same time they approach those big troughs, so do
dozens of other companies, all hungry for the same customers.
Then there are database complexity, scalability and systems
problems aplenty in all those alternatives. These issues
for companies that can be sold a new HP 3000.
HP itself is now willing to sell the 3000 as a
to companies with business needs but no 3000s onsite. It
always the case, but the new sell any OS
business practice from
HP is giving the 3000 a chance to use HPs channels.
But the channel
cant deliver a flood of new 3000 systems without
to open the gates.
Outside the windows of many of our readers
offices, the ground
is hard and cold. Sunlight is scarce. But if you want a
of applications, you need to plan your planting months before
the frost breaks. You open the seed catalog and dream, and
up visions. Wed like to encourage the capable wizards
our pages to grow new HP 3000s, and make more customers appear,
with application efforts. Think of us as the Smith &
HP 3000 development, the place to find the implements. Use the
tools we review and examine on our pages to prepare the soil.
Plant an application, or create a tool, where one
The business seedbed is rich in opportunity for a system with
more than 25 years of success.