is AS/400 the right choice for career after Mca

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i am doing MCA final year and now i want to choose one way for my carrer so tell me please is AS400 is right choice after my MCA
ASKED: August 27, 2009  5:53 AM
UPDATED: March 5, 2010  2:21 PM

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Firstly I do not think anyone will you which way your career should go. This is your choice and yours alone. This means that anything that happens in your own life is your own fault GOOD or BAD.

What you should look into is:

1: Will the AS400 (System -i) be around while I am climbing the corporate ladder.
2: Is there expansion in product to allow for product growth…. ie keep you in a job till you retire.
3: Look at recruitment sites to see what AS400 jobs are out there. If there are loads this may meanit is a good choise.
4: Speak to people doing the work and see what they think.

There are allot more to think of but I hope this makes sense.

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  • DanD
    First, what is an MCA? Is this the Microsoft Certified Architect cert? If that is the case, why would you want to move into the AS/400 arena? AS/400s will probably be around a long time....but not so much in the US. If you are willing to work in Europe, Asia, the mideast or South America, you could probably finish out a long career working with the platform. If your "MCA" is a four year degree, then you should do whatever gets your foot in the door and persue a career as a platform independent project manager. That is where the long term, mobile careers are headed, but a four year degree is almost a requirement.
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  • harisudhan21
    Hi DAN... MCA is Master in Computer Applications. And for the reply i think its wiser to go for faster platforms thought iSeries is a better option as well!
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  • Whatis23
    Well I would go with whatever your strengths are during your studies. Networks will always be around, probably longer than the i5. Though I have worked for several large companies (Toshiba, Mitsubishi) that have tried to phase out the i5 only to find the hardware brought in could not match the performance and reliability.
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  • tjgm88
    DanD is right. Should not base your career on any platform. Get in the door first and whilst employed look around to see what might be best suited for you. If you wish to pursue in the technical path, then maybe consider the platform. If management is your future, then should be platform independant. Good Luck!
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  • DanD
    Don't get me wrong, I've been an AS/400 admin since it was a 38 and still enjoy a fairly lucrative career. However, like Whatis mentions, many companies have and are trying to move away from the iSeries because the bean counters think iSeries hardware and iSeries employees are too expensive. And IBM doesn't sell the system aggressively because their big money today comes from services, and iSeries are easily managed and don't get outsource to IBM Global Services often. iSeries is the Cadillac of midrange systems, but it's market share is shrinking in the US.
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  • PY
    hey, . I have 8 years of experience on this AS/400 technology. The market is becoming bad day by day and also it depends on the place where you wanted to settle. In USA right now, AS/400 market is very bad and down the line after 10 Years we dont know how it is going to be. Most of my AS/400 friends are moving away from this technology for future and also for the money. Most of companies are not implementing any more new projects on AS/400... Because this is your starting of career, just think twice before taking any decision.
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  • KasMcc
    We have been on AS400/iseries for almost 20 years, and it will be phased out of our company by 2011. In the UK, there does not seem to be too many AS400 specific jobs out there (I've looked) Even though this is a very reliable system, those not used to it can tend to view it as 'old fashioned' . E.g. because my company did not want to spend money on a HATS project, we still have 5250 black and green screen emulation. Users have been complaining that the system is old just because it does not have the look an feel of a windows based system. The result is that our parent company now wants to spend a fortune moving us to MS AX! I think it is best to find a job you like, and concentrate on the technologies used by that industry.
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