Customers value IBM's AS/400's reliability, stability, and security. However, despite its impressive performance and use of independent software vendors to broaden its functionality, AS/400 suffers from the perception that its an ancient technology.
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from its ancient (in computer years) origins. Way back in 1988, when AS/400 was launched, GUI, the Internet, and desktop productivity applications of today were only a figment of some innovator's imagination, and were, at best, only emerging in laboratories. Also, at that time, users deemed computers as mere repositories for transactional data, and generators of reports, which often led users to premise their selection on IT systems that enabled these services at the lowest cost, and with the greatest