Jan-Erik Söderholm wrote:
> So what ? Noone else are particular public about where they
> decide to put their development resources.
What has made VMS "VMS" ?
It has been serious engineers who put out quality code and
documentation. In the end, this is what really differentiates VMS. It
was also good support.
This is being changed now.
Considering that VMS has been on the chopping block for the last 10
years, and has so far managed to delay/avoid the axe falling, customers
should be weary of any action HP takes which doesn't help VMS.
If your enterprise stays away from Windows because you don't want your
business critical systems to rely on software written by redmond
pubescent windows weenies whose experience is mostly playing video
games, then you should be concerned about VMS engineering moving to an
unknown entity which HP refuses to discuss. How do we know that the new
staff that will write/maintain VMS code aren't now mostly pubescent
indians whose experience with computers is mostly playing video games ?
If your support contract doesn't specify "Colorado", and calling for vMS
support connects you to script reading drones and it takes a week to
escalate to a point where you are allowed to talk to someone who knows
the product, are you could to find VMS still has any advantage over any
other OS ?
Palmer/Compaq/HP have narrowed VMS down to a small niche of high paying
customers, like a half dozen stock exchanges. This type of
vendor/customer relationship requires the vendor keep in touch with the
customers and inform them of what is going on. Sue was most excellent in
But now, Sue is prevented by her (former) employer from telling
customers what they need to know.
Sorry, but a quick "we'll continue to develop VMS" statement doesn't do
it. For all we know, they'll continue to develop it into 8.4 is
delivered. Thgey aren't giving any time frames.
There was mention in the webcast that there will be a new VMS roadmap
presented at HPTF. Will they further scale it down and only show VMS
versions that will tracks IA64 product releases ? We'll have to stay
tuned for that.
When Digital went to Compaq and when Compaq went to HP, VMS remained
pretty much itself with the same staff, same engineers (yes, there was
downsizing, but those who stayed have been there for a long while).
Having constant staff (like Sue) gives a sense of continuity through the
corporate changes. You have someone you know to inform you of what is
going on(in as much as she was allowed to).
Now, HP is wiping the slate clean and starting a totally new management
team and new VMS engineering. Even if HP's intentions were to acceleare
the pace of development for VMS, there would still be reasons to be
concerned since we have no clue on what the new VMS
engineering/management team will be like.
But HP isn't even giving any indication of the pace of development it
intends to have for VMS.
If you are comfortable with HP's handling of VMS and still think that a
new customers could invest in VMS to build new applicatiosn and have
confidence that VMS will be developped 5 years from now, tben that is