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June 2005 Planning Features
Editorial: Set memory aside; open your eyes and see what can be Our recollection of things as we learned to love them can act like a snagged anchor when we sail into a new channel. On an afternoon's drive out to the changing lakeshore, the more we remembered the oaks and the quiet pastures dotted with goats in the past, the less we could appreciate what had replaced them. The 400-foot pylons helped along my awe, maybe like the 90-million-system footprint of Windows is helping you accept replacements for your HP 3000.
Q&A: Chris Bartram, A Steady Link to 3000 Knowledge He worked at the start of the Internet era to connect HP 3000s, after hed been developing for and taking care of the systems since his high school days. Now that the founder of 3k Associates is turning his 3kassociates.com Web site into a storehouse for 3000 techniques, we wanted to ask him about informations lifespan and MPE networking
May 2005 Planning Features
Editorial: How to know how far you can go A challenge of facing a hard journey whether crossing the Hill Country on a bike or making the trek through transition country gives us a reason to look for how long we should ride.
Q&A: Paul Holland, Wading Through Migrations Common Problems After more than 15 years of guiding companies through migrations away from a multitude of enterprise platforms, Transofts CEO shares advice on how to profit from the future, even if you dont relish the change that seems to drive it
April 2005 Planning Features
Editorial: Step back onto your path toward success Life offers a rich challenge when we try to reclaim success. This month I join you in such a challenge, along with HPs new CEO. Whether youre an IT pro who solved the mysteries of datacomm in the 1980s and now must learn Linux, a corporate executive hired to revive another computer icon, or a bike rider trying to complete another course of 100-plus miles, we all have an interesting spring before us.
Q&A: Chuck Ciesinski, A New Face for the Legacy of Spirit This new OpenMPE board member extends his volunteer journey, powered by decades of 3000 experience. We ask about the future of his career, which like many 3000 pros, is taking new turns during 2005, as well as MPEs years to come
March 2005 Planning Features
Editorial: Meet change with eyes open, face to face Last month I faced another where-were-you moment on a windy Wednesday, that February afternoon when I learned HP had fired its CEO. The event stood up as a bookend to another crucial day in the HP 3000s transition, the Wednesday in 2001 when I learned HP was leaving another kingpin behind: Its HP 3000, crown jewel of its rise in systems, the companys first computer hit.
Q&A: John Marrah, Commanding New E-commerce Options The CEO of the application company which led the market in new 3000 sales has taken command of Ecometrys future and extended the 3000s lifespan while growing his company. See how Marrah is meshing the 3000s present and future
February 2005 Planning Features
Editorial: Small-market wins require big-time investments As San Antonio Spurs fans, we know it takes spirit to love a small-market team, one that plays outside the limelight of a big metropolis. This must sound familiar to the HP 3000 customer? In 20 years we have talked to a lot of them who feel overlooked, who have wished HP and its vendors sang the 3000s praises, or compared it favorably to systems lauded more often. The HP 3000 feels like the classic small-market team.
Open Mike, by Birket Foster Looking toward the future with friends from the 3000s past? The experience made a reunion dinner a priceless event
Q&A: Doug Walker, An Evolution from Software to Biology The outgoing CEO of 3000 connectivity pioneer WRQ reports on what prompted the sale of the company and what the HP 3000 marketplace taught him about quality
January 2005 Planning Features
Editorial: New years motion can picture moves to make you ready Weve already spent hours in the dark to mark our new year, watching movies. The nominations for the Golden Globe awards led us into the theatres, screening those candidates for this months Oscar nominations. We want to be prepared, so we dont have to play catch up. Youll want to be prepared too, especially if there are changes on your 3000 horizon.
Q&A: Denys Beauchemin, Experiencing the 3000 First The outgoing chair of the Interex board of directors served two straight terms, an unusual dedication to the user group. We asked the veteran HP 3000 volunteer and profilic source of 3000 advice online about his experiences with RISCs earliest HP 3000 days, and what he advises about getting storage ready for the 3000s years to come
December 2004 Planning Features
Editorial: Death opens the doors of life after The only mystery about death is when it will arrive. People were stunned when HP announced the death of its 3000 business. (The 3000 market is far healthier than HPs 3000 business.) But the truth is that death stands somewhere on every path. It has a habit of taking us by surprise when it arrives before old age sets in.
Q&A: Steve Cooper, Care For a Market with a Longer Lifespan The co-founder of 20-year veteran company Allegro Consultants tells why he helped start a 3000 consortium which sees new growth at the tops of the oldest trees
November 2004 Planning Features
Classics can be a long-running affair I couldn't sleep, and it was a very old movie, a classic in the truest sense of the word. I found myself following its story beyond my bedtime because its style was special. You might be doing the same thing over the next few years with your HP 3000. Some of you are doing this even while youre leaving that classic computer behind. What it does for your company is so special it cant be replaced, at least not easily.
Q&A: Organizing a New Orbit of 3000 Experience Doug Felder, the new COO of ORBiT Software, tells how the new Resource 3000 consortium came to be and honed its aims, plus ORBiTs role in the group and its new organization.
October 2004 Planning Features
Decide now about your future October is a month of lawn signs in my neighborhood, a signal that it's time to cast your vote. You should be deciding what to do about your HP 3000's future, and looking at what's happened to Itanium when you do.
Disaster Recovery Plans for Homesteaders, by Paul Edwards Get started on protecting the 3000 homestead resource with this planning advisory
Q&A: Planning Future Resources for 3000 ERP Jeffrey Lyon tells how the new OpenERP Solutions can make 3000 support pay off today, when ERP firms like SSA Global have developed a taste for consolidating 3000 sites
September 2004 Planning Features
Making contact with the spirit of experience The spirits uncapped in an HP trade shows session rooms do not commonly include champagne. No matter. We celebrated an uncommon collection of people: Pioneers in the computing experience which we once called minicomputers. Your HP 3000s stand as the state of that art. About two dozen of us sat in chairs to play a game whose prize, industry intelligence, was already confirmed.
Q&A: Dave Wilde, Calculating the 3000s Complex Answers After two-plus years at the head of HPs 3000 class, the business manager talks about what HP is doing for the platform, what it wont do, and whether it might change.
August 2004 Planning Features
Catch a wave and surf away from the sharks Astride Follets Island sits Surfside Beach, a sleepy little community where beach-house bums like us could plod out of our rentals into the salt water. Some days I could see how the surfers modeled habits for your HP 3000 transition.
Q&A: Coming Back to the 3000s Future Bill Lancaster returns to Lund Performance Solutions this summer recharged from a hiatus and building a homestead practice at one of the HP Platinum migration partners. See why.
July 2004 Planning Features
Be independent to take a role in the 3000 scene Fahrenheit 9/11 draws a portrait of an America thoroughly divided over our countrys future. Fear and war, or faith and peace, appeared to be the choices we face. If that sounds familiar, I believe thats because the movie that this veteran and his family watched felt like a picture of the HP 3000 community a group now taking steps away from common ground, because neither side can see whats got the other all worked up.
Q&A: Keeping Up the Links to the HP 3000 Sawmills and mines stood at the start of Rich Corns computer career, but one of the most natural resources in his life has been the HP 3000. More than 20 years ago he developed print software for the platform, and his solution has been sold as continuously as the form-feed paper that was in vogue in 1984 when he launched his company, RAC Consulting. Now HP wants to step up and replicate some of RACs solution in one of its last enhancements for the system, an improvement on network printing features that led the users voting on the last SIB ballot.
June 2004 Planning Features
Finding a channel to float forward Floating the San Marcos river shows the two kinds of HP 3000 customers, kicking hard or courting the current. Another channel continues to emerge, though.
Q&A: Keeping the Hardware Lights Lit Keith Burson has supported 3000 hardware for 15 years as a third party. As business grows for non-HP support, he talks about whos signing on, and how a third partys service is unique
May 2004 Planning Features
An eye on skies defines outlook for the next year We knew we had somewhere to go, but didnt know what wed have to overcome. The weather for this year's Hill Country Ride for AIDS was as unpredictable as HP must seem to HP 3000 owners of today. You know theres going to be a storm of change that will wash out much of the last quarter-century of HPs path for a 3000 customer. But a lack of information makes it tough to plan for anything but scrapping your systems by December, 2006.
Q&A: An Extra Helping of MPE Pivital Solutions president Steve Suraci worked his way onto the authorized reseller table during the 3000s last year of HP sales, expanded into MPE and 3000 support early this year, then earned a seat last month on the board of directors for OpenMPE. See whats behind his hunger for MPE, and how much support appetite he sees in the marke
April 2004 Planning Features
Watch when spirit is being sold to serve profits I sat in the Southwest Airlines seat while we approached the Bay Area, but the sight that caught my eye was not outside the 737s window. I stared at an HP advertisement in my Sports Illustrated, then realized that after 20 years I didnt recognize the company anymore. The new HP is high-spirited like the old Hewlett-Packard never was. HP 3000 owners will want to judge if HPs spirits continue to serve them like their computers have.
Q&A: Backup for the Community, Present and Future ORBiT Softwares Paul Meszaros, always a good touchstone about the communitys intentions, want to provide 3000 users choices while his company protects whats working. He tells what his customer base is thinking about its transition, and how the latest backup technology is being adopted by the 3000 customers
March 2004 Planning Features
Lingering longer: A show of love, or sign of fear? All this month I saw moving in my life. I couldnt help but think of HPs exit from the MPE support business, as well as the rate of your departure from the platform. All around me, there seems to be a lot of lingering going on. HP will tell you they are not lingering, just making your life easier and less costly.
Q&A: Keeping 3000 Strategies in Motion Speedwares Chris Koppe has signed up for an interesting 2004, winning a seat on the HP user groups board of directors during a challenging year while his company works on being both a migration resource and source of help to homesteading 3000 sites
February 2004 Planning Features
Buy a house where homestead hope can live For the first time in my life, I own a home away from home. I sat in the title company office signing paper after paper, pondering the promises that each one bound us onto. I couldnt help but think of the house that OpenMPE may soon be trying to get you to buy and how much our market needs such a homestead away from its HP home.
Q&A: Teaching Lessons with a Long Lifespan Frank Smith built a second career as one of the busiest North American instructors teaching HP 3000 skills. Maintaining these MPE skills, and transferring the markets knowledge to new staff, is becoming critical to a homesteading on the platform.. Even if the 3000 isnt changing much, Smith still can profess a lot of value in the system.
January 2004 Planning Features
Keep calendars independent, but not passionate Turning 21 is the most important birthday anybody celebrates, since it marks maturity and responsibility. You should mark your own responsibility this year for your HP 3000 futures. Every day shows me more evidence that your vendor matters less, unless youre buying its 3000 alternatives. Only MPEs ownership remains to be settled by HP.
Q&A: The Work to Master Something New Alan Yeo has expressed himself with a World Wide Wake for the 3000, cartoons that lambast HPs CEO, and hard questions about the future of 3000 user group conferences. We ask him about choices for migrations and why the customers have moved so slowly
December 2003 Planning Features
Giving thanks for what may grace your table Even as HP slipped out the back exit of its HP 3000 sales floor, we could find plenty to be grateful for. Perhaps like 3000 customers in the post-HP-sales world, we didnt expect to see some of the bounty that appeared at our table.
Q&A: Making Choices to Move On HPs Alvina Nishimoto has been the face of HPs migration message, now being called transitions, for more than 18 months at user meetings. We quizzed her about the latest Transition Tools program, HPs plans for its partners, and the size of the 3000 base
November 2003 Planning Features
Editorial: Traveling roads along trails
of training I drove the roads from my fortnightly novel
workshop meeting out to Austins World Wide Wake for
the 3000 in bright sunshine. My course traced a path from my
novelists future into my journalism beginnings. Several hundred
people in the computers community took a similar trip on Oct.
31, and thousands more made the journey in their hearts and minds.
OpenMike On Halloween Night for the HP 3000, its biggest fans commemorate how much the environment has meant to them, and what they will carry forward
Q&A: Taking Steps at MPEs Fork in the Road Donna Garverick has led HP 3000 Special Interest Groups for MPE, and now sits on a Migration SIG. See how this advocate for the platform is preparing for futures of both career growth and maintenance
October 2003 Planning Features
Editorial: A new era, old skills, but
always online I spent a few hours this week crawling
through dust balls and shopping near midnight. I was having the HP
3000 customers 2004-2006 experience, and my toils werent
as tough as I feared.
How Portfolios and Outsourcing Can Help Transitions, by John Burke In the last of a three-part series, see how a mix of strategies and going offsite can help
Open Opportunities, by Jon Backus Frustration calls for a vote on spending
Q&A: A Firm Solution to 3000 Emulation Willard West plans to take his company to the source of PA-RISC chips and Strobe Datas heartland to create a 3000 emulator
September 2003 Planning Features
Editorial: Start riding in a time machine Sometimes a fella has to prove hes earned an upgrade thats actually long overdue. I enjoyed that experience on two wheels this month, and you can have it on the floor of your HP 3000 site, too. Im talking new machine upgrade, and you should be listening hard right now. You may not have it as easy as I did the next time you want to improve your data vehicle.
Open Opportunities, by Jon Backus After a meeting at HP World, the OpenMPE Web site now has Quick Polls to take the pulse of the 3000 homesteading sites
Q&A: Leading HPs Way to Not Fade Away Bob Floyd heads HPs 3000 Americas support delivery for the next three years. Heres how he plans to keep sites satisfied
August 2003 Planning Features
Three trades, two firings, but no future The season is over in Cincinnati, but the 3000's opening season is still in play, and HP can still make some plays to matter.
Non-HP Disks: What about EMC? HP seems to have engineered around EMC's differences so far
Open Opportunities, by Jon Backus The chairman of the post-2006 MPE organization updates us on where the group has headed and what it has accomplished
Q&A: Mapping a New Harbor for 3000 Data Eloquence creator Michael Marxmeier talks about making a database to take IMAGEs place for migrating 3000 apps
July 2003 Planning Features
Transition can fly renewal course to greater reserves Some computers are like old trees of the Clayoquot: standing proud, working for their environment, a resource to be conserved and preserved.
OpenMike, by Birket Foster Reduce your risk and take care of your relationships, says an HP Platinum Migration partner, to prepare for the HP 3000s end of life
Worst Practices: The New Compaq and The Old IBM, by Scott Hirsh Its not heresy: the closest you can come today to the old HP blue is IBMs Big Blue
Q&A: One Man, One Shop An Independent View A one-man 3000 shop manager much like many of you shows how his alternative paths might lead to a new future
June 2003 Planning Features
Nothing is ever completely sold out Finding a ticket became a lesson in supply and demand for me, but I learned you can always get a seat, or what your need for your 3000, over the years to come
Q&A: Steve Smith, Throwing Open a Window to Low-cost Power A developer shares his tips on moving a complex COBOL app to the wonders of Windows
May 2003 Planning Features
You're never alone while pedaling up hard hills A challenge can change you, once you open your heart to it.The last weekend of April taught me lessons about hard roads, what can ease an effort, and what makes the most difference while riding toward a place youve never reached before.
Q&A: Fred White, Heartfelt Values at the 3000s Heart The Co-creator of the IMAGE database checks in from his happy retirement to pass on durable values
April 2003 Planning Features
The best play: swinging away at the future More than a quarter-century of seasons after our boyhood, I invited my brother to share the sports redoubtable exercise in hope, spring training in the persistent sunshine of Florida. Those diamonds sparkled with the same caliber of potential that I watched unfold a few weeks later, in a less-sunny Valley Forge at the e3000 Solutions Symposium.
Q&A: Christian Lheureux, Keeping the Faith Euro-style OpenMPE board member and HP channel partner Lheureux reports on how Europe is making the transition
March 2003 Planning Features
Building a new booster makes all orbits safer The building of a new emulation booster might seem to be of little concern to the 3000 customers who say they will migrate. But it should be.
Homestead Advisor, by Frank Calvillo How to establish your support strategy
Open Mike, by Joseph Rosenblatt The advent of commodity computing compares with a new standard in Gem jar sizes. Is this new jar full at all?
Q&A: Mark Klein, Waiting for the Key to MPEs New Factory Developer and OpenMPE director Klein outlines prospects for enhancing the OS without HP
February 2003 Planning Features
Taking measures to guide your projects I am learning to become more of a measure twice, cut once kind of guy. In this effort I know I am trying to get to a level where our readers already work. The HP 3000 owner and manager defines this ethic. As you lay out your computing lumber for the biggest project of your IT career, measuring before you cut will be your greatest tool.
Q&A: Deb Lawson, Throwing Light Onto Dark Places The Interex director of the user groups advocacy and technical events, a former HP manager, has become a key player for the HP 3000 community, through Symposiums and surveys. We asked her about the will she sees for migration, and homesteadings needs
January 2003 Planning Features
New Years calls for new calendars The year 2003 is only three days old as I write this, a fact thats easy to track in the NewsWires offices. This year weve got no fewer than five calendars in our work spaces, offering education, inspiration and memories. In the year to come, HP 3000 customers are going to need all three of those resources.
Q&A: Doug Greenup, Looking Over a Surprising Year The founder of Minisoft looks over a customer base of 10,000, and sees Linux coming on as a contender to HP-UX, and lots of 3000 sites doing little but studying transition
December 2002 Planning Features
Showing thanks for family and familiarity If you're taking some comfort in the familiar while the economic weather is foul, you've got company. It's a Thanksgiving kind of experience, like the one we had in Texas.
Homestead Advisor, by Jon Backus In a column for customers planning MPE-IMAGE infrastructure beyond HPs 3000 involvement, a director of OpenMPE invites users to start a free membership in the organization
Q&A: Dave Wilde, Moving the 3000 into HPs Gray Areas HPs leader of the 3000 business talks about how the vendor will help in homesteading
November 2002 Planning Features
Opening Day in a Season of Superheroes In the blackest part of the year we hear a story of origin that reminds us that superheroes are born in worst of bad times
Letter: How replacing software uncovers hidden costs A university learns that its support is going up after it leaves home-grown software, a lesson for those replacing applications
OpenMike: Thoughts on Installing an OS While loading the last MPE update to be supplied by HP, a longtime customer reflects on how much things feel different
Homestead Advisor, by Ron Horner In a new column that helps customers plan their MPE-IMAGE infrastructure beyond HPs involvement with the 3000, a consultant studies how much help the new system offerings might be to a homesteader
Q&A: Jim Kramer, Developing Intelligence About Migration The director of R&D at Lund Performance Solutions is developing the companys migration practice
October 2002 Planning Features
Taking a Turn Up Hope Street Although I walked unaccompanied on a Los Angeles street leading to a library, this years HP World saw many 3000 customers crowding the curb on the communitys hope street, the path to OpenMPEs homesteading future.
The Buck Stops in LA: Abby's Analysis Dave Wilde of HP showed signs of Truman-esqe leadership at HP World; we celebrate 7 years of 3000 coverage by loving the trade show events
Open Mike: Not Dead Yet, According to the Data, by Gavin Scott Comparing MPEs state to the death of a loved one creates a premature obituary
Worst Practices, by Scott Hirsh: Train Wreck Even the arrival of hard times in IT doesnt provide an excuse to return to the bad history of no training
Q&A: Rene Woc: Composing the 3000s New Movement The CEO of Adager reports on why his company remains fascinated with the HP 3000 software environment, and notes that HPs position at HP World falls short of what MPE and IMAGE deserve an environment where their technology can continue to evolve
September 2002 Planning Features
Small towns can nurture big values Small towns are where the natives stay while the rush of big city life lures others away. For the HP 3000 homesteader, life in IT might begin to take on the aspects of a small town. If youre lucky.
Q&A: Jon Backus, Holding the Door Open for MPE The chairman of OpenMPE talks about the current prospects for HPs help with homesteading, and the health of the 3000s infrastructure and hope for the communitys future
August 2002 Planning Features
Fill your sails before you change your course The sailboat eked out its advances in slight winds, breeze that seemed to be fighting us off our bow much of the trip. Sailing on such days, whether youre in a boat or working to advance your companys information ability, takes patience and the flexibility to tack. Fortunately, you have enough computing sail to tack, a technique where you dont chart a direct course for your destination.
Worst Practices, by Scott Hirsh Identify potential transfer costs when you evaluate new technology, so you wont get fooled again during a change
Q&A: Birket Foster:, Cooking Up New Strategies for 3000s The founder of one of HPs Platinum migration partners is also on the OpenMPE board of directors. Its just another place where Birket stands in the middle, serving everything
July 2002 Planning Features
Editorial: A journey whose end is unseen You must cross Wyoming more than once to see how big the world is. Last month Abby and I did it twice on the way to Montana by car, then back again, ferrying a fountain of a goddess on our return. After 4,219 miles of that trip, I know how HP 3000 owners feel, sitting at the wheel of IT shops on their transition journey.
Q&A: Dave Wilde: Customers First, In HPs Last Period The new leader of HPs 3000 business unit talks about how much help homesteading customers can expect, and how the New HP has reorganized to maintain 3000 infrastructure
June 2002 Planning Features
Editorial: Back yard ecosystems grow surprises HP 3000 customers have heard a lot about ecosystems from HP over the last seven months. You can start with a hole in the ground and end up with an ecosystem. That ought to be proof enough that nurturing an ecosystem is built around maintaining a healthy opportunity. At least thats what we learned in our back yard this month, creating a healthy home-grown pond.
Worst Practices: The Contradiction of Openness, by Scott Hirsh In the era of entropy, watch out for these worst practices in open systems purchasing, know more about your total cost of ownership than your vendors, and stay in touch
Q&A: Vladimir Volokh, Keeping HP 3000s on the Road The VEsoft founder has spent months on the road visiting 3000 customers, carrying advice about how to avoid running on fumes when HP tells you the 3000 is at the end of the road
May 2002 Planning Features
Editorial: Be Carful of What You Wish For As the merger's bloodletting gets underway, customers and business partners using HP 3000s might do well to recall the proverb atop this column. No matter how noble its motivation, any wish can lose its luster in the hard light of execution: mergers, migrations, or a boys dream of playing center field in his hometown.
OpenMike: Commodity Supports Soap, Not Computers A lack of innovation has hurt computer makers in the past, and seems to be the endgame of HPs merger
Q&A: Paul Dorius, Manufacturing a Landing Space The president of an HP 3000 application supplier and part of the computers ecosystem explains how his company is handling the transition of several hundred customers. The head of eXegeSys also comments on HPs choice to exit the 3000 business Transition from the perspective of a company which took over for HP in the ERP application business in 1996
April 2002 Planning Features
Editorial: Keep Your Eyes on the Strikes, Not on the Clock Baseball teaches us to watch the strike zone to see what's a hit, whether we're talking pitches from the mound or from a vendor working to get you to migrate
OpenMike: A Case for Commodity Computing An MPE application provider moving to other platforms argues that HPs 3000 value has been declining for some time
Q&A: Richard Gambrell, Pursuing an Education About Migration The head of computing at a metro university has lots of Unix background, 3000 migration experience to packaged software, and stories to tell on what to expect out of a Transition
March 2002 Planning Features
Editorial: Close-Up Computing Will Live On A friendly fixture in the 3000 community has passed away, but the kind of computing in vogue when Dick Kranz started reporting on HP continues to live on among you
OpenMike: Look to the Independent Market Bill Towe advises customers using HP 3000s, especially the 9x7 models, look up the alternatives to HP support
Q&A: Gavin Scott, Choosing a Path for the 3000s Tomorrow Allegro Consultants seems to stand at the crossroads of multiple paths for the computers future through the transition. See how engineering outside of HP hopes to create safe roads to travel
February 2002 Planning Features
Editorial: An Alternative State of the 3000's Union Think of it as another way to view your computer's future, delivered by the opposition after so much HP politics on the Web and elsewhere. Things are not about to change as much as HP wants you to believe
OpenMike: A Possible Roadmap for OpenMPE In the first entry in our new guest editorial column, an HP 3000 software provider offers up a plan to create a new HP 3000 division outside of HP
The Fun of Understanding Unix, by Gavin Scott Linux shows the potential for an operating system to be simpler than MPE, and fun to explore, too
Q&A: Mike Hornsby, Tending a Steady Light for 3000 Support One of the strongest sources of third-party 3000 support talks about MPEs bright future, beyond HP
January 2002 Planning Features
Editorial: Growing Up Enough to Be Santa Claus HP has put an end to the myth of a huge corporation willing to sell a solution that's different but better. Now you can do more than believe in myths: you can be a legendary giver yourself
Worst Practices, by Scott Hirsh If you have to make changes in a 3000 Transition, heres thoughts on if you should buy new, or build on what you have
The Migration Dilemma, by Curtis Stordahl Moving away from an HP 3000 carries a lot of risks, things that a phased migration using Posix-compliant MPE applications can mitigate
A Guide to Linux Licensing, by Shawn Gordon A 3000 developer who started a Linux company explains how the alternative can be free, but not as in beer
Q&A: Winston Prather, Covering New Ground in a New Year HPs 3000 division leader talks about his second job at HP, the rationale behind ending HPs support of the 3000, and whether HP thinks the computer can ever be killed off
December 2001 Planning Features
Editorial: Time to imagine thinking on your own By announcing it wont be in the 3000 business in five years, HP changed your ownership community forever. Its up to you to make it a change it for the better. You will have to do some thinking on your own.
Inside VEsoft: Ranting from Washington, by Steve Hammond Pardon the interruption as our columnist considers HPs end of support notice and how ecosystems changed
Q&A: Jeff Vance, Opening Steps Towards MPEs Future A two-decade vet inside HPs labs talks about the challenges and choices to make an OpenMPE possible
November 2001 Planning Features
Editorial: Uncertain Seasons Require Flexibility, Demand Faith The Yankees return to the Fall Classic this year proves that very little in life is certain. That is a sentiment that could be a great consolation to the HP e3000 community in this uncertain season.
Q&A: Paul Edwards, Commanding HP 3000 Conservation A 25-year veteran of the platform outlines a plan that would revive tested applications over the Internet
October 2001 Planning Features
Editorial: Changing moments, lasting lifetimes In an unexpected moment, your life can change forever. In changing times, it's better to look at relationships than make forecasts
Letter from the Publisher As we prepared this issue the beginning of the NewsWires seventh year I found myself being more reflective about doing the impossible
Worst Practices, by Scott Hirsh Now that the unthinkable has happened to one of the worlds more famous datacenters, its time to think about disasters without faking your recovery plan for them
Q&A: Alfredo Rego The founder and creator of Adager keeps evolving right along with the e3000, remaining in forward motion while staying true to the database that HP has begun to honor as the extra value and heart of the platforms success
September 2001 Planning Features
Editorial: What history buys HP 3000 users, and what it costs How can a historic stadium with bad food and a spotty team sell out in Chicago? Might as well ask why people are buying the A-Class e3000s. The answer is that they're paying for history.
Q&A:Planting Seedlings of MPE Experience Jon Backus has launched the first university for the e3000. See why he believes learning more can turn into earning more
August 2001 Planning Features
Editorial: Making deals means living in community When shopping to replace a trusty but aging steed, I learned what you know isn't as important as what you believe
Worst Practices, by Scott Hirsh: You're Right, I'm Left, They're Gone With companies being acquired in the e3000 world, its prudent to know what to do when a long-time relationship changes its face
Q&A: Keeping Up Connections to Learn Jeanette Nutsford (with husband Ken) has blended in-person advocacy with 3000 applications business for a quarter-century
July 2001 Planning Features
Editorial: Students as Masters, and other pleasant surprises A steel town and a sparkling new ballpark on a summer road trip show how students can help the 3000 continue its climb back
Worst Practices, by Scott Hirsh: Thank You for Your Support When systems start to age, its time to examine support options for your 3000, and learn how to negotiate a better cost of ownership
Q&A: Porting the e3000 into the future Mark Bixby brought the 3000 its Web server, domain name services, and more. Meet the man behind the ported treasures
June 2001 Planning Features
Editorial: Help is all around you All you need to get you through tough times is around you in the e3000 community, a lesson I learned in my own life recently.
Worst Practices: Live Free and Die, by Scott Hirsh Free is right up there with sex as one of the most attractive words in English. See how using something that costs nothing can be a worst practice, and how to avoid the pitfalls of free
Q&A: Practicing Community Magic for 3000s Stan Sielers name can seem to be everywhere in the 3000 community, from frequent invocations on the Internet to lab-level debates. Meet the legendary creator of tools and vital parts of MPE
May 2001 Planning Features
Editorial: Share success, and score powerful goals In a season of sunshine and riotous green, I am thinking of ice. My awareness of ice comes from my son Nick, who visited me last month just as the National Hockey League began its playoffs, the Quest for the Stanley Cup. Nicks focus on a chilly sport made me aware of the power knowledge carries, and how sharing it can bring bounty for 3000 users.
Worst Practices: Dead Right, by Scott Hirsh When does a best practice become a worst one? When 3000 managers dont put their money where their mouth is by investing little, and treating their systems differently
Q&A: Lessons Learned Through Application Duane Percox of application supplier QSS talks about what needs to appear to revitalize the 3000 as an applications platform, and where he sees the market headed in the years to come
April 2001 Planning Features
All that matters is what you can play today I rode downtown into the smoke and sound of the South by Southwest Music Festival to see a legend last month, but I found more than history. I discovered that a reputation is less important than whats on todays playlist, a concept that HP 3000 owners and suppliers might remember.
Q&A: Channeling a Stream of New Systems As the newest HP e3000s roll off the distributors configuration line, Client Systems president Mike Murphy reports on response from resellers and the future for the 3000 market in a tough economy
March 2001 Planning Features
Can Spending Help Us Save the Boom? Plenty of people are on the bubble about new purchases now, from the 9x7 customers to minivan owners. Discounts might eliminate any plans to buy.
NewsWire Q&A: A Fresh Beachhead on Familiar Shores Robelle founder Bob Green talks about why hes coming back from the beach to helm his company and whats changed in the next installment of his 30-year HP 3000 adventure
February 2001 Planning Features
Editorial: Moments of hope in a new year of expectations It seems the longer we wait for something, the less chance it has to meet our expectations. And we sometimes set expectations, rather than the more mature desires of hopes, when we wait a long time. Knowing what you want for a long time, like HP e3000 customers did for the last year, can set expectations pretty high.
NewsWire Q&A: CSY Webcast Host George Stachnik The ebullient engineer first appeared on the 3000 scene in the late 1980s, when he took over hosting duties from Winston Prather for an internal HP broadcast to its Service Engineers. More than 11 years later, Stachnik has returned to the HP 3000 Commercial Systems Division (CSY) to prepare and host a series of Webcasts about new 3000 capability.
Worst Practices: Lights Out We all know that the HP 3000 has a long history of high availability when cared for properly. But through no fault of our own, we may be faced with downtime in an era of 24x7 expectations. So what are the alternatives for the HP 3000 System Manager who is unlucky enough to be caught in the crossfire of electrical utility deregulation?
January 2001 Planning Features
Editorial: Growing old holds hope for change Growing older demands grace, if we are to enjoy the experience. I recently flew to Las Vegas to surprise my mom for her 75th birthday and learned a few more things from her. This trips lessons were about aging, something that seems apt for a computer community among the industrys oldest.
NewsWire Q&A: CSY General Manager Winston Prather HPs leader of the 3000 business talks about the impact of impending products on the systems business, what role its North American distributor and Europe play, how 3000-L influences the community, and his own strategy of managing the change from product to customer focus at HP
Worst Practices: Slipped Disks Even if the previous owners of your used HP 3000 failed to scrub their disks of software, you dont get to keep it and run it for free
December 2000 Planning Features
Editorial: Be Thankful You Know the Way I had to travel a long way to see how well people could stay on their path despite challenges all the way to Europe
NewsWire Q&A: CSY Regional Business Manager Alexandra Wiedenmann Alexandra Wiedenmann reports on how CSY Europe is breaking ground for the 3000 market with Web advances
November 2000 Planning Stories
Editorial: New gear gives seasoned body a fresh step It can be hard work to believe in new potential as an aging athlete. Innovative gear is the best choice, no matter what your age or race experience. A new software tool like an application server is as state-of-the-art as Web service gets, and now the HP 3000 has several. They spring from Java, garb for younger computers.
NewsWire Q&A: 3kworlds Chris Gauthier The Technical Content Manager for the 3000s Web portal brings the energy of Gen X to change the rules about information exchange
Worst Practices: Blind Update Update season is here, as HP switches from carrot to stick to get users to move from 5.5. Get tips on how to avoid getting brained
Editorial: Founders free offspring to fly further Being a founder has its rewards, but the 3000 community is experiencing the pain of putting HP on its computer path
NewsWire Q&A: Duane Zitzner The HP corporate VP responsible for technology decisions explains the companys position on the HP e3000, and its potential
Editorial: In Praise of the Peaks of Passion Take a look at how a glacier survives and you'll see a method for the HP 3000 to move mountains and get its corporate support from HP
Why the 3000 Business Belongs Inside HP An HP business partner makes a case for why a spinoff isn't the solution to low-profile marketing
Worst Practices: It's All In Your Head Scott Hirsh shows off the hidden flaws of documentation at the worst of 3000 shops, and how to avoid the obvious mistakes
NewsWire Q&A: Terry Simpkins Meet a prototype of the modern IT director whos putting the e3000 and MPE in the drivers seat for his corporation someone whos defended the business sense of the 3000 through corporate change, politics and technological fashion.
August 2000 Planning Stories
Editorial: Pack Perception for a Safer Hike Taking along technology you're not sure you need is a lot like loading up for a hike in the New Mexico mountains in the summer. Not everything that the 3000 division should tote has an immediate need.
NewsWire Q&A: CSY R&D manager Dave
Wilde The new leader at the HP labs comes from old MPE
stock, and is emphasizing good planning in delivering new
Editorial: Carly: sound off on the e3000 to the C-level HP's biggest boat could be breaking water for the HP 3000, and sounding her horn at the Corporate level about the system's e-commerce success
NewsWire Q&A: Smith-Gardner's Sharon Gardner The vice president of marketing at the vendor selling more new 3000 customers than any other talks about how her firm will manage growth through the choppy waters of e-commerce, and how Carly can help
Worst Practices: Its the People, Stupid Peoples pinhead analysis and faith in One True Platform can damage companies just as bad as any technical worst practice
June 2000 Planning Stories
Editorial: What's in motion is bound to change Once the HP 3000 market went into motion, moving toward new possibilities for the platform, things were bound to change
NewsWire Q&A: Bill Lancaster The spark behind the new Solutions Symposium and a source of healthcare IT counsel knows how HP 3000 IT managers can get a bigger voice in their companies
Worst Practices: Weekend Update Learn from Scott Hirsh the 10 Worst Reasons for doing an MPE update, and how to have an exciting experience in moving to 6.5
May 2000 Planning Stories
Editorial: Easy to Own, Hard to Buy At the same time that it is making its channel smaller, HP is protecting the value of licenses for the 3000. It's not nearly as easy to buy one as to own it, we think.
NewsWire Q&A: Chuck Piercey, Interex The executive director of the HP users group explains how the association plans to keep up with the changes inside Hewlett-Packard
MANMANs been there all along
The 3000 ERP application is pretty Agile for its age. And it's
been aware of other manufacturing options a long time, too.
Editorial: A cozy, captured environment Driving through the mountain mist into the magic of Mendocino seemed like entering Shangri-La. And like that land of legend, the 3000 community can hold customers captive in a comfortable environment through purchase regulations.
NewsWire Q&A: Terry Floyd, the last MANMAN Standing Terry Floyd has built a past and proposed a future around 3000 manufacturing. The founder of ERP integrator and consultancy the Support Group inc., Floyd is marking 25 years of experience with the system this year, making plans for far more, and sounds off on the future of ERP on the e3000
Worst Practices: Russian Roulette
Precision Systems' Group's Scott Hirsh says that if you're not
employing user volumes, you'd better start soon
Editorial: It's Better to Give and Receive The 3000 community got a taste of receiving information to go along with the giving in the recent California meetings and so did we, while covering them together
NewsWire Q&A: ROC Software The new software company founded by two married couples talks about making their work in the MPE market a family affair
Worst Practices: Vendor Bender
Learn to negotiate and get the 3000 tools you need for next to
Editorial: Outside Dazzle, Inside Changes There is a temptation to dismiss a products name change as a marketing feint or a publicity dodge just another way to rise above the crowd and get noticed. The evolution to e3000 is designed to do that, yes. But it appears its more than just a bid for another 15 minutes of fame, once you consider HPs history in business computers.
NewsWire Q&A: Payoffs from the Passion of Porting Mark Klein, the programmer whose C++ port jump-started the 3000s move to Internet interoperability, talks about the passion of porting to the HP 3000
Worst Practices: New Year's
Resolutions Now that you have Y2K safely behind you, get a
good start on making your datacenter more stable, organized, secure
and automated. Precision Software Group guru Scott Hirsh shows you
Editorial: Survive the past and rebirth your dreams The HP 3000 community can break a smile at watching the 1990s pass away. That was a decade dominated by demise, the death threat to a computer which many of you grew up with professionally.
NewsWire Q&A: Winston Prather As he leads the 3000 division, the new GM says hes tired of being defensive about the system, and wants to articulate why its better than Unix.
Worst Practices: A Walk in the
Minefield A well-hidden bug in the 3000 makes a veteran
remember the System Managers motto trust no one. Not
Editorial: A calm approach to the eve of construction While the idea of an eve of destruction has sparked idle conversation and at least one terrible TV movie, most of you see Dec. 31 as the eve of something brighter. It looks like it will be the 3000 communitys eve of construction, a green light for projects and plans.
NewsWire Q&A: The Care and Feeding of Solution Provider Seedlings Team leader Narinder Sandhu of HP tells how the 3000 division will be helping companies who supply applications grow their business and the 3000 installed base
Editorial: Harry's Way equal parts respect and profit We hope that the customers and partners in the 3000 community remember this respect-equals-profit philosophy in Harrys Way. In our final Q&A with him, he says it plainly. Its the same kind of plain speaking hes become known for, the kind he must have used in that courageous presentation for partner benefits. Sterling seems to know the power of partners.
Worst Practices: Backing Up is Still Hard to Do Maybe we even come to appreciate the value of planning. But not everyone. Not by a long shot. Some of us were born to be action heroes, thriving on chaos, most of it self-inflicted. So how do we do avoid being organized? The Precision Software Group's Scott Hirsh counts the ways.
NewsWire Q&A: Harry Sterling at the end of a career without limits Hed already had 20 years of HP experience on the day he became general manager, so Sterling knew his way around the HP Way. In his final interview before retiring from HP, Sterling also told us about his own personal achievements that made a difference in HP.
Editorial: A season for beginnings and growing As these crisp winds of change invigorate all of us in the 3000 community this fall, see if they dont widen your eyes a bit. Plant a new project on your 3000 this fall. Were forecasting great growing weather for you
Worst Practices: Completely Wasted Maybe we even come to appreciate the value of planning. But not everyone. Not by a long shot. Some of us were born to be action heroes, thriving on chaos, most of it self-inflicted. So how do we do avoid being organized? The Precision Software Group's Scott Hirsh counts the ways.
NewsWire Q&A: David Greer, Branching Out from the 3000's Home Page Robelles president counts more than two decades of 3000 service, and shows how MPE roots give the firm a base to branch out into new areas
Editorial: In training for Internet, Chapter 3 You have proven technology to make your training path to the top smoother
Worst Practices: Shouldn't Happen to a Dog You don't have to buy a dog to have a friend. Be your own best friend by avoiding these worst 3000 system admin practices
NewsWire Q&A: Pat Maley, consolidating HP
3000 flight traffic Client Systems CEO explains why
his company deserves so much of HPs 3000 attention, and what
the distributor will do to extend the 3000s life
Editorial: The Season of Reunions and Relationships The greatest reward is renewing our relationships, something HP obviously values highly considering its choice of CEO
Worst Practices: Shaky Foundation Account management is the best first stop on the trip through 3000 management hell. Establish some order with guidelines based on nasty messes
NewsWire Q&A: Rene Woc, A Legacy of
Connection to the 3000 The CEO of Adager, whose career
with the 3000 covers every Interex conference and the earliest 3000s,
uses the 3000's past to predict its future
NewsWire Editorial: Persistence That Makes Champions 26 years in the making, a group of veterans with a rookie spark end up on top because the journey is the joy
Certification or Assessment? Tour the state of todays MPE training options and see if certification might help your career and the platform
Worst Practices: When Good 3000s Go Bad In our new column, business analyst Scott Hirsh of Precision Systems Group takes us on a trip through 3000 management hell
NewsWire Q&A: Speaking up on 3000
Languages HP CSY managers Pam Bennett and Becky McBride
track MPE/iX languages future
NewsWire Editorial: The 3000's legacy is a family history Family is the HP 3000's advantage, a way to revitalize its success and ensure its survival alongside our love affairs with the new
NewsWire Q&A: Fathers pass HP 3000 work
to next generation See how the computer with a 26-year
legacy of success is capturing the energies of second generation, as
fathers in the community work beside children who matured with MPE
NewsWire Editorial: Truth lies in the details 3000 customers can measure integrity by how much detail is available. Tell the truth: there's less to remember
MPE Training: How Are We Learning? HP 3000 training options include Web, CBT, in-class and others. See which ones can help you improve your MPE skills
NewsWire Q&A: Dave Wilde, CSY R&D Section Manager The leader of HPs growth work for 3000s shares some peeks at whats on the labs drawing boards