Roundtable to deliver independent
migration experts at HP World
HP Worlds summer panel serves up
Since 2002, customers could count on hearing
advice from HP about how to migrate away from the HP 3000. Each HP
World conference since the HP end-of-business announcement about the
3000 featured a customer panel, led by HP, to tell IT pros about
moving off the platform. The sessions were often as well attended by
tools and services providers as by customers. But all roads off the
platform led to other HP choices.
This summer, migration advice will include
new forks in the road away from the platform. Independent experts and
providers will share their advice, tempered by completed migration
The HP World conference in San Francisco the
first Interex show since HP decided to launch its own technical
conference will feature an August 17 panel at the shows
Wednesday afternoon midpoint populated with community migration
solution experts. Instead of an HP moderator, the panels
moderator will be 3000 NewsWire editor Ron Seybold.
HP has delivered bona-fide advice at its
prior panels, moving closer to completed projects with each passing
year. The vendor has never cut a speaker short during its panels or
steered an answer. Customers testified about both difficulties and
solutions while they moved applications and companies away from the
3000. But each solution led to another HP platform. Most of the IT
pros on the panels were leading large staffs, or had multi-million
dollar budgets for outsourcing from vendors such as HP Services.
In short, the new panels organizers say
the advice to date hasnt had much in common with the common HP
3000 site: A one-to-three-person IT shop that has always had a
do-it-yourself approach to projects. Many 3000 sites want to know
about non-HP target platforms, stepping away from the vendor after it
decided it would drop support for their stable platform.
Nearly all of the panels speakers have
had close contact with HP throughout their careers, either as
contractors, business partners or solution suppliers. The
panels organizer, Alan Yeo of ScreenJet, said the lineup of
migration speakers will be on hand to deliver answers which may not
follow the HP route to the future.
We want to have a non-HP panel,
vendor-agnostic, Yeo said. It certainly wont be
vendor-centric. Weve tried to get a group with a whole
different range of perspective and experience in migrating and
Users will ask questions or submit
them to the NewsWire in lieu of attending the roundtable and
eight HP 3000 resources will do their best to answer. A transcript of
the meeting will be available at the NewsWires Web site a few
days after the meeting.
Yeo said the panel will also differ in one
significant way. The speakers wont have presentations to offer,
only answers to questions.
Youll have a bunch of brains to
ask questions of, get pointers and guidance, he said,
details and specifics, anything we can help you with.
Panel members are:
David Dummer, creator of fourth
generation languages for the HP 3000;
Lee Tsai, whose iMaxSoft company has
migrated HP 3000 databases to other platforms;
Gavin Scott of Allegro Consultants, a
company which has helped HP build parts of MPE/iX and now is a
Resource 3000 member;
Rick Gilligan of CASE, an MPE/iX
banking application provider moving customers to non-3000
Alfredo Iglesias of Acucorp, a
language provider thats been at the center of 3000 COBOL
Nick Fortin of Speedware, a company
that has already migrated some customers off the 3000 and sells the
AMXW migration suite;
Michael Marxmeier, creator of
Eloquence, the IMAGE-workalike database thats stepping in at
3000 sites with packaged applications and home-grown systems;
Yeo, whose Screenjet firm has migrated
mid-sized companies such as Dairylea Cooperative and now sells a
Transact-to-C migration tool.
This is a panel of real world
experience of real-world migration issues, Yeo said,
either from our customers or directly.
HP will also offer migration panelists at the
conference. These will be big customers, Yeo said,
of whom you cant ask them the real question: is it
Some have been saying not quite yet for
the past 12 months, he added.
I have a lot of interest in having
people migrate, Yeo said. I just think the case studies
that HP has been talking about are as different as me driving my car
home and NASA sending me a rocket to get there.
Session attendees will also have a chance to
offer advice and real world experiences. Migration is likely to be a
self-directed project for the bulk of this market, according to Yeo
Its the sites that are going to
manage their own projects that are the most interesting, Yeo
The panel, HP e3000 Migration
Questions? Ask Some Community Experts, will begin at 3 PM,
right after the SIG-Migrate meeting.