I have worked with SAP on AIX, Linux, NT and OS/400, and can't begin to tell you how stable the AS/400 is compared to the alternatives. The AS/400 was always built with reliability in mind because it was designed to run businesses, and IBM knows in that world, reliability makes more money than whiz-bang-tech stuff.
What you will find is that most of your documentation is based on the Unix world, so you will need to get some "SAP running on AS/400" specific education to learn the particulars of that kind of implementation.
If your current consultants are Microsoft centric, they will be uncomfortable with the AS/400.
As for playing Work Management Guru on an AS/400 running SAP, your knowledge will help your understanding, but aside from tuning your Machine, *Base (SAP's home), and Spool pool, you will spend most of your time tuning SAP at the basis level. But don't worry, it's lot's more fun. It's what makes SAP portable.
Chris Spirinckx wrote:
> Hi Sappers, > > Please let me introduce myself. > > I'm working in the European headquarter of Pioneer. > A couple of years ago, the branch office in the Netherlands started with SAP > for the day-to-day business ( sales, stock, accounting, ... ). > They are running the SAP environment on some WinNT servers. > > The general idea is that the complete SAP-system will be transferred to Antwerp. > Other countries in Europe will also be using SAP in the near future on one and > the same Hardware located here. > Development, Support and Maintenance will be done from the HQ in Antwerp. > > The 3 people who will be responsible for the non-development area of SAP, > have a lot of experience with AS/400 and its predecessor S/38. > Only 2 of us have little NT knowledge. We haven't had any course of SAP yet. > We have had a 3 weeks introduction from 2 people with some years experience. > A colleague from the Netherlands will be joining us during the hand over. > He have had most of the system-related courses from SAP. > > > We still believe that the AS/400 is far more better than WinNT. > However, the management is not convinced about SAP on AS/400. > Even the SAP-consultants really don't like the idea of switching to AS/400. > Personally, I think that they don't know anything about 400 and are therefore > afraid of losing the contract, should we decide to go from NT to AS/400. > > This brings me to my first question : > Can anyone of You help me with some "succes"-stories from SAP on AS/400 ? > It would be even better if You have done the switch from NT to 400. > > I've heard from some people that SAP is a "Black Box" and that it really doesn't > care on which platform you're running it. > I'm not pretending that I'm an AS/400-guru, but the operating system itself and > everything related to it, is what's really important to me in my daily job. > Should we decide to make the switch to AS/400, will my knowledge of the AS/400 > come in handy and will I still be able to explore the OS and all his goodies ? > > Any feedback is really appreciated ! > > Chris > > . \\|// . > ._O_. . ________________________(o o)________________________ . ._O_. > /_\o/_\ . -oOOO--(_)--OOOo- . /_\o/_\ > /H\ . live : Chris.SpirinckxZe... . /H\ > (=O=). ICQ : 14033396 .(=O=) > U . work : chris_spirinckxZp... . U