Keeping the Faith

Perception: We see Linux as our future direction.


Reality: Boy, have we got news for you! The iSeries won the Best of Show award at LinuxWorld in August 2001. That's right, this so-called "proprietary" box won the top award. But, you don't have to take our word for it, you can find the details on the iSeries Nation Web site. The key point to remember is that by using the iSeries as your Linux* server, you can preserve your existing investment and make the transition in a staged manner. All while retaining the reliability, ease-of-use and manageability of the iSeries.

Perception: Our future lies with Java and new technologies.

Reality: iSeries runs with the leaders in almost every meaningful, commercially oriented benchmark, including server-side Java* benchmarks such as SPECjBB2000, VolanoMark and WebSphere*-based benchmarks such as TRADE2. For more information, visit the IDEAS International Web site.

How about getting the best of both worlds by using Java from within your RPG programs and using your RPG skills to write business methods that can be exploited by Java. The OS/400* V5R1 release of RPG IV makes all of this possible, and you won't believe how easy it is to do. For more about the latest version of RPG IV, read"New Language? No, its RPG IV" (May 2001).

Perception: The iSeries isn't a player in the e-business arena.

Reality: Hmm, maybe someone should tell this to all of those companies that are happily running their Web sites on iSeries. They probably don't know that what they're doing is impossible. To see what others are doing, sign up for the many mailing lists such as theMidrange-L or IGNITe/400 or visit IBMs Easy400. These sites offer a wealth of information.

Last year, we authored a series of articles for this magazine that introduced the basics of using the Web-serving capabilities of the iSeries. Hopefully many of you have gone on to explore this further.

Small Steps
Those who couldn't get management support for your efforts or whose management needs further convincing, here's a suggested step-by-step plan for helping to address this problem.


Jon Paris is a technical editor with IBM Systems Magazine and co-owner of Partner400.

Susan Gantner is a technical editor with IBM Systems Magazine and co-owner of Partner400.

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