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Editor: Alex Woodie       Managing Editor: Shannon Pastore
Contributing Editors: Joe Hertvik
Timothy Prickett Morgan
Shannon O'Donnell
Dan Burger

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    In the January 8, 2002,  OS/400 Edition, of Midrange Stuff :

    Industry Predictions for 2002

    Well, you made it through another year, and you're looking forward to 2002. The year 2001 was a tough one for many of us. The war on terrorism and the national recession have caused many companies to take a fresh look at their operations, in the IT department as well as every other aspect of the business.

    Anticipating business trends and taking proactive steps to deal with them can help you adapt to industry changes on your own terms. To that end, the editors at Guild Companies recently polled top iSeries experts and industry sources to get their predictions and ruminations on what 2002 has in store for the iSeries, so that you'll know what's coming.

    First, Executive Managing Editor Dan Burger speaks with John Earl, chief technology officer and vice president of PowerTech, about the state of security in business computing. Next, Dan Powers, IBM's worldwide vice president of Linux sales, answers Editor Alex Woodie's questions about Linux on iSeries. Then, read iSeries consultant Al Barsa's insider views on the industry, followed by an interview with LANSA's vice president of business development, Bill Bejamin. Putting a wrap on these early 2002 predictions is Midrange Server's publisher--and industry bellweather--Timothy Prickett Morgan. See what he has to say, and remember that you read it here first! But before we get into the predictions, a message from one of our sponsors:

     

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    Now, back to the 2002 predictions:

    A Worldwide LAN: An Interview with John Earl

    by Dan Burger

    Are you expecting the year ahead to put security issues in the spotlight?

    I expect another strong year for security software. People are paying more attention to security in their organizations. As we get more and more networked in our organizations, it just gets more and more important. A lot of folks have already realized that, but a lot of folks are still catching up.

    This is especially true as it relates to connectivity. Who are you connected to? And whom are they connected to?

    What the Internet has done is put us all in a local area network with every computer on the whole freakin' planet. And when people begin to realize the number of people who potentially have access to their networks or their laptops or whatever, they start to get a better feel for what security is all about.

    How will this play out for IT managers in iSeries and AS/400 shops?

    I see network access control as a big item in 2002.

    Also, there will be an emphasis on basic tools that can provide accurate, up-to-the-minute, insightful data. If somebody is whacking away at my FTP server and trying to get into my AS/400, I want to know about it the first time he hits the box. I don't want to read about it in a summary report a week later. Real-time information will play a bigger role when it comes to security.

    Are we going to hear about incidents of hacking into the iSeries and AS/400?

    I know that it's happened already. It's happening right now. The question is, when is one of these incidents going to go public in a big way? It could happen at any time. There are security breeches all the time. But companies tend to not talk about them, and people who are in security tend to not talk about them. Security professionals will talk in abstract terms how a security breech could be realized, and do it in such a way that systems administrators can protect themselves.

    The 13-year-old hacker out on the Internet doesn't worry me nearly as much as the unemployed Belarusian nuclear physicist with access to a computer. He's way smarter than I am, and he also has the ability to get to the same sites that I get to. To that extent, risk is going to increase.

    What are you expecting people to do to combat security risks?

    The main thing is providing better access control. Next, I'd look for more use of exit-point software and more auditing. Right now, I don't think we have a lot of AS/400 shops where people even casually watch the system and could tell a week or two later whether they've been attacked or even if someone has attempted to attack.

    As organizations become more security conscious, there will be more people paying attention to auditing. Certainly, network exit points and exit programs are a big issue.

    Big Blue Is Seeing Penguins: An Interview with Dan Powers

    by Alex Woodie

    How has Linux progressed on the iSeries thus far?

    We've had 400 sign-ups so far for the Linux Test Drive. They have access to a virtual Linux server. And 50 customers have started to use Linux in their shops. They're not just playing around with it, but loading up applications and doing some consolidation. They're finding, from an iSeries perspective, that they can reduce cost and complexity. They've always known the iSeries is a mainframe-class server that's easy to mange.

    How will the adoption of Linux among iSeries shops move forward in 2002?

    I think iSeries [Linux adoption] will be similar to what happened to zSeries. It will progress through three phases: running Web servers, applications servers, firewalls, and file- and print-sharing; starting to hook up Web servers to a database, running on OS/400; and the third wave would be critical systems.

    What stage of Linux adoption is the zSeries in right now?

    The second phase. We're waiting for a few ISVs to port their software, such as financial packages.

    What sort of iSeries shop will be the first to put Linux to work on the iSeries?

    It would depend on the business. If you're already an iSeries customer and have some of the applications running under OS/400 already, it probably wouldn't make sense to have them running under Linux. They're running perfectly, so why do it?

    The best thing about the Linux market is that the Unix marketplace is very wide. It's very easy to move a Unix application to Linux. "What operation system should I support with my software?" is always a question with developers. It's a cost to develop and test for an operating system. The one you choose is what has the biggest market share in the world. Windows is big--Solaris and AIX are big. The S/390 and AS/400 don't always get the latest and greatest applications. Linux is the fastest growing.

    In the small to midsize business space, Linux becomes critical. Forty-eight percent of Linux servers are installed at SMBs. That's a tremendous opportunity for iSeries. The statistics we've been hearing are that, by 2005, the SMBs--those with less than 1,000 employees--will account for greater than 50 percent of server shipments worldwide.

    It's just an unbelievable opportunity.

    Sounding Off: An Interview with Al Barsa

    by Alex Woodie

    How do you think the iSeries will compete in the computer market in 2002?

    If we look at how the '400 did in the market this year, basically the entire computer market sucked wind, except for iSeries and zSeries. But there are a lot of people who are trying to leave the '400 that are getting burned. I see this all the time. They're back- and front-ending their applications, but they just don't succeed when they get there.

    What are iSeries shops going to be spending their money on in 2002?

    They're spending more money on disaster planning. They're looking at their disaster-recovery plans. But people are responding with inappropriate actions, small firms that don't need a hot site taking hot site contracts. A big waste of money.

    People are firming up what they have. Linux is the big wild card. IBM is betting on it, and I'm not sure that's a good bet. They were betting the Department of Justice was going to disembowel Microsoft. The DoJ wussed.

    What future does Linux have on the iSeries?

    I think the AS/400 people are being very reticent to invest in Linux. IBM doesn't realize why. IBM is bringing out too much stuff. It's really neat, but it turns out to be vaporware. IBM has done a great job selling vaporware. Look at CODE400. They're giving it away, and nobody is using it.

    People are being cheap right now. That may turn around, if business starts to get better. If I were to make my guess, I'd say people investing in their core applications. Nobody has done any investing in their core applications for years now.

    What about the ERP vendors? Have you heard anything about IBM developing its own CRM package?

    I think the ERP vendors are in trouble. J.D. Edwards invested heavily in OneWorld, and the marketplace came back and said "yuck."

    I don't see anything to [the IBM CRM rumor]. It raises its ugly head once a year. If there were something to it, we'd know. The industry can't keep a secret.

    What are your thoughts on OS/400 V5R2?

    V5R2 is a lesser issue than when you announce new hardware, where you can run the risk of a market stall. The fact of the matter is, in this marketspace, if you wait for latest and greatest, you'll never buy.

    Do you think IBM will shore up iSeries marketing in 2002?

    No. IBM is not going to start marketing the box. IBM is delusional in telling the world, "All you want to do is buy the eServer." IBM is trying to homogenize the boxes to make them all look alike. I think they're out of their mind. But they think I'm out of my mind, so fair is fair.

    2002 Tech Parade: An Interview with Bill Benjamin

    by Alex Woodie

    What technology is going to receive the most attention in 2002?

    Web services is definitely going to be the big buzzword. ASP, wireless, Java, you name it. Web services is just another one of those things where there's business value for a segment, but it's not going to change the world.

    The market for application-to-application software, the B2B direct market. I'll call it "beyond the browser"--rather than making customers enter orders in a browser, to let them automatically send their orders out of their ERP system into your ERP system.

    What is the most promising new technology that most iSeries shops will never use in 2002?

    Hmmm...logical partitioning. I feel that's such an amazing technology, but so few customers are using it. I do pricing at LANSA, and I'm getting hardly any questions about LPAR.

    It's a weird year. It's very hard to predict any kind of trend. Companies have retrenched. They're not making big investments in new technology for technology's sake. They're investing in their core systems, and extending them where they have to.

    What do you see happening to ISVs' ability to remain as OS/400-only vendors?

    It's a sad story; they all want to, but they can't. It's hard enough selling software these days, but to have to overcome the predisposition to Unix or Windows--forget it. I've talked to vendors who say, "We don't want to do this, but we have to."

    Reading Ahead: An Interview with Timothy Prickett Morgan

    by Alex Woodie

    What's up with iSeries and OS/400 development?

    That's an easy one. IBM will debut the new iSeries "Regatta" servers on July 23, 2002. The new machines will debut running OS/400 V5R2 and will sport from four to 32 of IBM's 1.1 GHz and 1.3 GHz Power4 processors. Slower clock speeds also may be available, to better flesh out the iSeries line. Faster processors might be available as well, if IBM gets better yield on new chip process technologies.

    How do you see the overall economy affecting IT planning in the year ahead?

    Now that's a more difficult prediction. Everything will slow down a little in 2002, and not necessarily in ways that are unproductive. Companies--having expended so much energy worrying about dot-coms in 1997, 1998, and early 1999, and having spent so much money on Web development to get themselves to the Internet--are going to take a step back and really analyze what they need to do and when they should spend the money to do it. The irrational exuberance of the late 1990s was waning in 2000, and was all but extinguished during the latter half of 2001.

    Remember that the AS/400 launch preceded a mild recession in the late 1980s, and the product line had its best year during the 1991 recession. Bad times are often good for the OS/400 platform. Companies take a more conservative approach in tough times, and they often take a longer view on strategic investments, while at the same time looking for short-term cost savings. A hybrid OS/400-Windows or OS/400-Linux server is the right kind of platform for many small and midsize businesses, and with the loud droning from the Internet subsiding, maybe more companies, with the help of IBM and its OS/400 platform resellers and software providers, will realize this. Of course, this is as much a hope as it is a prediction.

     

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    LANSA 9.1 Targets Windows Functionality

    by Alex Woodie

    LANSA has recently announced the release of LANSA Version 9.1, the latest suite of development tools from the Oak Brook, Illinois, software company. LANSA's fourth-generation language (4GL) development environment allows programmers to take advantage of the new technologies that LANSA's research and development department build into the development tools, without necessarily learning all the ins and outs of the new technologies, and not being tied to them either.

    Programmers can have their pick of several new technologies LANSA built into Version 9.1, including XHTML, Web services protocols, and a new Visual LANSA development framework. Additionally, LANSA changed the names of several of the development tools, dropped some, and added others. LANSA also debuted new installation programs and a new technical support Web site, and made literally hundreds of tweaks to keep its software current with development standards and up to customer expectations.

    Perhaps Visual LANSA, the company's PC-based development environment that most closely resembles traditional Microsoft Windows development tools--but which shares the basic LANSA repository and markup language that underlie all of LANSA's products--saw the most changes with this release.

    The enhancements in this release bolster LANSA's intention to make Visual LANSA the strategic LANSA development tool, said Bill Benjamin, LANSA's vice president of product development.

    "Visual LANSA is the development environment of the future with us," Benjamin said. "There are things that you can do with Visual LANSA that you can't do in LANSA for the Web, because Visual LANSA is object-oriented and event-driven."

    First-time LANSA programmers are expected to become productive more quickly when they use Visual LANSA Framework, a new component that provides the basic application structure for a Visual LANSA application. New and seasoned LANSA programmers alike might find the new Visual Modeler, a new component that provides a graphical view of files, fields, and their relationships to each other, a handy way to get immediate feedback on how changes affect the database.

    Visual LANSA now includes the latest Microsoft C/C++ compilers, which are faster than the old Watcom complier and make debugging easier, the company says. Additionally, the company says it reduced the size of compiled components, which means Visual LANSA applications use less memory and therefore run faster.

    Version 9.1 also brings changes to LANSA for the Web. In addition to supporting XHTML, which is a hybrid of XML and HTML and makes it easier to display the same GUI regardless of the client platform, LANSA is shipping a new IIS plug-in with this release. The IIS plug-in gives users of LANSA for the Web the option of deploying their Web server using Microsoft software, instead of WebSphere or other Java-based Web servers, depending on their preference.

    LANSA added the IIS plug-in because of heavy requests from its user-base for more Windows development tools and Windows deployment options. Visual LANSA, the company's PC-based development environment, is also in line for expanded Microsoft .NET technologies, as well as new J2EE capabilities, with the release of LANSA Version 10.0 later this year.

    "We've really reached parity now," Benjamin said. "Everything we've done comes out in both iSeries and Windows. Now we are truly an iSeries and Windows vendor."

    Benjamin said the company is working on developing its Unix business as well. "There are lots of tool vendors that do Windows and Unix well but don't do iSeries, Windows, and Unix well," he said. "We're kind of in a transition, building on the success we've had with the iSeries and branching elsewhere. There really isn't anybody else, in terms of the heterogeneous environments."

    The newest addition to the LANSA family, LANSA Integrator, is the company's answer to its customers' application and B2B integration needs. First announced at the fall 2001 COMMON conference in Minneapolis, LANSA Integrator relies on Java and XML technology to integrate LANSA applications with applications on other platforms.

    Other enhancements were made to LANSA Open and LANSA Client, including the bundling of Crystal Reports 8.5 with LANSA Client. LANSA has also added a new support section to its Web site (www.lansa.com/support) to help users with technical questions about LANSA development tools.

    The following name changes will take effect for LANSA Version 9.1 and beyond:

    * LANSA for the iSeries becomes LANSA for iSeries
    * LANSA/AD becomes LANSA for iSeries
    * LANSA for Windows becomes Visual LANSA
    * Visual LANSA becomes Visual LANSA Components
    * SuperServer becomes LANSA SuperServer

    LANSA Version 9.1 becomes generally available this month. For more information, go to www.lansa.com.

     

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    SSA GT to Resell Logility's Supply Chain Software

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    SSA Global Technologies announced in December that it would begin reselling Logility's supply chain planning and execution software as its own. The new offering, called BPCS Collaborative Commerce powered by Logility, is designed to help SSA GT's customers to develop collaborative trading communities with their business partners and to manage supply chain operations.

    The OEM agreement involves the Logility Voyager Solutions suite, a collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment (CPFR) suite that consists of six separate modules. Collaborative Commerce powered by Logility should get the attention of BPCS users in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, because it offers a combination of supply chain inventory management and demand forecasting.

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    * Value Chain Collaboration is composed of four subset applications--Voyager Collaborate, Voyager Fulfill, Voyager Select, and i-Community--that are designed to enable trading partners to collaboratively manage and execute direct material procurement and fulfillment via the Internet.

    * Supply Chain Event Management includes the Voyager Navigate application. Its purpose is to help trading partners monitor and control supply chain processes on an exception basis.

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    * Supply Chain Planning includes three industry modules-- Replenishment Planning, Manufacturing Planning, and Transportation Planning--to help companies reduce lead times and optimize manufacturing and transportation investments.

    * Supply Chain Execution includes two modules--WarehousePRO and Transportation Management--that help users manage inventory.

    SSA GT, the company that was formed in 2000 after System Software Associates filed for bankruptcy, owns all rights to BPCS, one of the most popular ERP suites for OS/400. BPCS also runs on the Hewlett-Packard HP 9000 server and, since January 2001, on the Windows operating systems.

    Logility develops and sells B2B e-commerce and supply chain software for the mid-market sector. The Atlanta-based company experienced double-digit revenue growth during the dot-com heyday of the late 1990s and in early 2000, and has managed to remain one of the few profitable enterprise software vendors since the air was let out of the ERP balloon following Y2K. Logility has enjoyed three consecutive quarters of profitability, according to its November 19 earnings report. Logility's software runs on OS/400, Unix, and Windows operating systems.

    In the summer of 2000, Logility sealed an OEM deal with Great Plains Software (which has since been acquired by Microsoft) that was similar to its partnership with SSA GT. The deal included integrating four Logility Voyager modules with Great Plains' midmarket Windows-based ERP system, called eEnterprise. The software is now marketed under the name Microsoft Great Plains Supply Chain Series powered by Logility.

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    High-Traffic Web Site Powered by the iSeries

    by Dan Burger

    In the overall scheme of things, you don't find many companies running Web sites on the iSeries. But Andin International, a leading jewelry manufacturer, looked at such a proposition as a challenge--not because it likes to buck the odds, but because, when the idea was examined, there were many reasons to go ahead, and no reason not to.

    Frequently iSeries and AS/400 shops are stereotyped as conservative and set in their ways. The impact of the Internet, it is assumed, has yet to be fully appreciated by the OS/400 flock. Certainly the trash-talking by competitors, such as Sun and Microsoft, has had an influence on the perception of the iSeries as a Web server.

    That's what makes the Andin International instance so interesting. In early December, after operating just over a month, the number of daily visitors to Andin's site, Jewelry.com, grew from approximately 1,000 to more than 50,000. The holiday season is stunning for the jewelry trade --a $50 billion market in the United States--so Andin wasn't surprised by the amount of traffic on his site; in fact, next season the company expects to reach more than a million visitors per month.

    Early in the discussions about how to build a Web site that could handle this volume, , before any platform was chosen, Andin was open to suggestions and invited several Web application vendors to make presentations.

    "We listened to dozens of proposals from companies that told us IBM wasn't the way to go," said Ofer Azrielant, chairman of Andin International. "They told us we needed to run the site on Sun or Microsoft. In the end, we had confidence that the eServer iSeries would deliver performance and reliability for the high volume of traffic we expected on the site, while allowing us to integrate our new systems with our existing technology."

    Andin's existing hardware included eight iSeries and AS/400 servers, spread out at several locations around the world. The company purchased two additional iSeries machines in order to be prepared for the processing power required by a high-volume Web site.

    Jewelry.com uses three iSeries boxes. A Model 820 with one CPU is used as a staging environment, for testing, verifying, and checking out new features. Two machines operate in the production environment: A Model 270 with one CPU does the database services work, and a Model 820 with one CPU operates as an application server.

    One of the reasons Andin executives chose the iSeries was "so that every three months we wouldn't have to delve into the infrastructure side again," said Kris Chronister, vice president of marketing at Andin. Of course, the company could also rely on its experienced staff of approximately 35 OS/400-skilled technicians. Having the skill set in house played a big role in the decision.

    "The experience with IBM iSeries was a contributing factor," said Andin's chief technical officer, Steve Passer. "But the number-one reason was financial." The cost of purchasing a non-OS/400 platform, including the database, and factoring in personnel and training issues, tilted the balance sheet in favor of the iSeries.

    Andin is a company that likes to roll its own software, so during the planning stages there was debate over whether or not they would develop the applications for Jewelry.com in-house. "We compared the features of WebSphere out of the box with what we would have to write custom," Passer said. "WebSphere saved us about 40 days in development time. And since we didn't have much time to spare, it made the choice fairly straightforward."

    No one on Andin's IT staff had experience with WebSphere before setting up Jewelry.com. "It's been one of the more straight-forward platforms to adapt to," Passer said of WebSphere. Competitors warned that WebSphere was more difficult to work with than some of the other Web application servers. "I've worked with both WebSphere and Dynamo before, and that is simply not true," Passer said. "We are coming from a shop that has great iSeries talent. One guy (described as the "King of Java") was able to jump in and learn the WebSphere Commerce Suite with no additional hard-core training."

    The issue of maxing out on capacity was faced early on. Passer said stress tests were performed at the IBM iSeries headquarters, in Rochester, Minnesota. From that, it was determined that adding a second processor would be "an easy fix." The next round of increasing capacity is more complicated. "After two CPUs in the iSeries," Passer explained, "the application server has too much overhead and doesn't really offer a big advantage over multiple application server instances. In all cases, it means more CPUs, but there are major software issues one gets bogged down with."

    Jewelry.com's system is comfortably supporting the current traffic spikes, but the intention is to keep growing. Eventually the system will reach the point that it is no longer running optimally. The debate over whether to add more CPUs or more app servers is on the table now, with an eye toward the next holiday season.

     

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    New ShowCase Release Increases Usability

    by Alex Woodie

    ShowCase has released a new version of its STRATEGY suite of OS/400-based data warehousing and business intelligence software that includes several new features geared toward making it easier to install and more productive to users.

    STRATEGY 4.5 features several enhancements to Enterprise Reporting, one of the desktop components of STRATEGY that allows people to distribute reports to their coworkers over the Web. Enterprise Reporting can be coupled with the AS/400- or iSeries-based STRATEGY data warehouse or used in conjunction with other company databases.

    Before Version 4.5, Enterprise Reporting was an applet that required downloading from the Internet or a company intranet, which can be slow. With this release, ShowCase has reengineered Enterprise Reporting into a true Java-based thin-client application that resides permanently on the client's desktop and eliminates repeated downloading. Additionally, ShowCase added content management capabilities to Enterprise Reporting for the first time.

    ShowCase also included new integration capabilities for companies using STRATEGY with ERP systems and non-DB2 data stores. Users of J.D. Edwards' ERP applications--WorldSoftware and OneWorld --can now use the same set of user IDs and passwords to access the ERP applications and STRATEGY 4.5.

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  • Ed McVaney, founder of J.D. Edwards & Company, last week announced his retirement, ending a very successful career. Last month, Robert Dutkowsky took over as president and chief executive of the $900 million software company and will assume McVaney's position as chairman of the board of directors at the company's annual meeting in March. Dutkowsky, 47, comes to J.D. Edwards directly from Teradyne, where he was president of its Assembly Test Division. Dutkowsky previously had been the top executive at GenRad Inc., which Teradyne acquired last October. Before joining GenRad, in 2000, Dutkowsky was an executive vice president with EMC. He also was president of Data General until it was bought by EMC in 1999. Dutkowsky started his career at IBM, where, for 20 years, he worked his way up the ladder, including stints as an executive assistant to IBM's chief executive, Lou Gerstner, as well as vice presidencies in the Asia Pacific and RS/6000 divisions.
  • From now until January 31, Gallatin Technologies is giving away free copies of kNEWS Professional, a permission-based e-mail marketing application for Lotus Notes and Domino R5. The software, which normally sells for $2,500, is yours to keep and use indefinitely. kNEWS Professional includes four database applications that simplify the process of creating professional- looking content, gathering e-mail lists, sending text or HTML e-mail messages, and tracking the results. The software runs on all Domino R5 platforms, including the iSeries. Qualifying applicants must do business in the United States and have a valid corporate e-mail account. To download the software, go to Gallatin's Web site, at www.gallatin.com.
  • Users of Jack Henry & Associates' financial transaction processing applications will soon have new options for deploying CRM off their core Jack Henry systems. The Monett, Missouri, based company has signed a letter of intent to buy Transcend Systems Group, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, company that writes Windows-based CRM software for the financial industry. Jack Henry is also partnering with Dallas, Texas, based ARGO Data Resource to hook ARGO's CRM solutions into Jack Henry's OS/400-based application, Silverlake, and Core Director, which runs on Unix- or Windows-based servers. Jack Henry also announced it has acquired System Legacy Solutions.
  • Barfield Inc., an American subsidiary of Europe's largest aerospace contractor, announced it has begun installing Intentia's ERP suite for the service industry on an iSeries. The Miami, Florida, based subsidiary of SOGERMA SERVICES, which is owned by EADS (European Aeronautics Defense and Space Company), chose Movex MRO Version 12, a maintenance, repair, and overhaul suite from the Swedish ERP vendor. The installation will take a year; includes manufacturing, purchasing, distribution, and customer support components; and will serve 120 to 150 users when it's completed.
  • SyntheSys Secure Technologies, a Boca Raton, Florida, a software company that writes security software for various platforms, including OS/400, has announced it completed a reverse merger with AUG Corp. in December to become a publicly traded company. AUG Corp., whose stock is traded on the OTC Bulletin Board, previously wrote Fibre Channel software, but the company has had no operations since January 1999, as it restructured and looked for funding. SyntheSys shareholders now hold about 6 percent of common stock for AUG Corp., which has become SytheSys' parent company.
  • ADVANCED BusinessLink has added two new vice presidents to its executive team. Joe Brown, a graduate of the IBM Executive Management Program, is now responsible for direct sales in the United States, field marketing, and overseeing the VAR/Business Partner channel. Ray Rebello, a former J.D. Edwards marketing executive, will oversee strategic relations and will be responsible for all OEM business and strategic alliances worldwide.
  • Vision Solutions has announced that Misys International Banking Systems has achieved IBM ClusterProven status for Midas, its iSeries-based banking application, certifying that the application works properly in a clustered iSeries environment using Vision Suite, Vision Solution's high availability software. Misys achieved the honor as a result of participating in Vision Solutions' ClusterAdvantage program. Visit the Vision Web site for more information.
  • Computer Associates International has posted its list of the top 10 virus threats for 2001. The most common viruses last year, in order of decreasing frequency, were Win32.Badtrans.B; Win32.Sircam.137216; Win32.Magistr; Win32.Badtrans.13312; Win32.Magistr.B; Win32.Hybris.B; Win95.MTX; Win32.Nimda.A; VBS.VBSWG.Generic; and Win32.Goner.A. There were no viruses reported for OS/400 last year, once again bolstering the advanced object-oriented operating system's reputation as a near virus-proof design.
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