Boosting Your e3000
State of the 3000
Feedback from Frontline People
By Bob Green
Taylor Lumpkin is
an Ecometry expert out of Delray Beach Fla. who provides reports,
extracts, interfaces, bug fixes, modifications, tech support, system
review, EDI, XML, and whatever else his Ecometry customers require.
Clients of his firm, Hire Experience (www.hire-experience.com),
include Brookstone, Childcraft, Lego, Hickory Farms, and Tiger
curious about his experiences in the HP 3000 environment, now that HP
has stopped making the servers. Below is my interview with
Are you still
primarily dealing with Ecometry shops? Do you have any non-Ecometry
are 100 percent Ecometry at this point.
Are any of
your customers planning to upgrade their MPE systems? If yes, where
are they purchasing their upgrades? Resellers, or Ebay, or directly
from companies that have migrated?
have a few in the planning stages; most are swayed into Windows/SQL
simply because of perceived cost savings.
Where do you
or your customers find your news on HP 3000? The 3000
NewsWire, Ecometry, or Robelles newsletter and Web site?
Interexs HP World magazine, or the 3000L discussion
group, or somewhere else?
of the above.
of HP 3000 sites that you interact with do you consider homesteaders,
in that they have no current plans to migrate.
think that about 25 percent will homestead past 2005.
homesteaders have any special concerns?
all feel that the 3000 is a superior environment and they dont
want to leave it for a much less reliable platform. They feel that
the third-party hardware support combined with Beechglen will be able
to support them indefinitely, or at least until backup devices are no
longer available. Some project this to be as far out as 2020.
Of the 25
percent of sites that currently plan to homestead, what is the range
tend to be the mid-level shops with experienced HP professionals, and
some small, where conversion costs are an issue. The big guys seem to
all be moving toward migration, mostly Unix. However some of the
biggest think that they can put all their eggs in the Microsoft
basket because, they say We already run our entire Web
application on SQL Server, so we should be able to run our entire
business on SQL Server. I know that all of the homesteaders
would most likely continue to purchase support from Robelle because
a) It is very affordable and b) Robelle provides good support.
of your HP 3000 clients do you consider migrators, in that they are
actively seeking to move all of their applications off the
looks like about 75 percent of them are already vested in the process
and have begun planning. A few have already purchased hardware for
testing and development.
giving client names, what is your most interesting migration
of our clients have migrated, however, several are planning to go in
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