AS/400 to Support B-to-B Apps

FRAMINGHAM (03/20/2000) - IBM Corp. has expanded the range of Internet applications available on its midrange AS/400 server.

The company today announced that a range of B2B (business-to-business) electronic-commerce, collaboration and supply chain management software from three software vendors is now available on the AS/400.

The new products include the following:

-- Dallas-based I2 Technologies Inc.'s eBusiness and TradeMatrix technologies for setting up and conducting business via online business-to-business marketplaces.

-- Collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment software from Atlanta-based Logility Inc.

-- A business-to-business order-management suite from QAD Inc. in Carpinteria, California. Among other things, the suite will allow companies to connect and exchange AS/400 data with other systems over the Web.

Today's announcements build on a long-standing IBM campaign to position the AS/400 as an e-commerce engine.

During the past two years, the company has introduced a series of enhancements aimed at making the AS/400 more reliable, secure and interoperable with other platforms, such as Unix and Windows NT.

Examples of such efforts include: IBM's PC-on-a-card option, which lets users run Windows NT Server within an AS/400 box; support for the Secure Electronic Transaction protocol, Enterprise JavaBeans, the latest version of the Java Development Kit and a Java application server; native support for mail and messaging technologies such as Lotus Development Corp.'s Domino and ERP (enterprise resource planning) software from companies such as SAP AG, PeopleSoft Inc. in Pleasanton, California, and Baan Co. in Putten, Netherlands.

Hardware enhancements have included faster chips and enhanced storage capacities.

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