EXTOL Expects Market Gains Attributable to V5R4 Support
Published: March 28, 2006
by Dan Burger
Many of the issues faced by midsize companies can be narrowed down to integrating software applications. You'll get no argument from the folks at EXTOL, a company that has been providing B2B and integration software applications to iSeries shops for quite a few years. The i5 platform is the dominant environment in EXTOL's customer base and in most of its mid-market prospects. Through the years it has stayed on top of the latest releases of the operating system and so it comes as no surprise that it is already supporting i5/OS V5R4.
EXTOL executives are high on the new System i performance improvements and the continuous operations features, especially the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) in the V5R4 release. According to their statistics comparing V5R4 with V5R3, the new JVM reduced the processing times of large data transformations by up to 85 percent while using less than half the memory resources. The executives also see important opportunities for midsize companies to take advantage of not only their i5, iSeries, and AS/400s, but also their Unix, Linux, and Windows systems because of the performance enhancements of the i5 operating system. From the EXTOL perspective, its customers and prospects can make use of a wider choice of environments to support their business functions while integrating applications and processes internally, as well as externally with partners, customers and suppliers.
In the February 21 edition of Four Hundred Stuff you can read how EXTOL helped one of its customers, Datatrac, with its freight delivery, logistics and transactions integration.