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AS/400 COMMUNITY PLANS RAPID INTEGRATION OF HOST SYSTEMS WITH LANS, CLIENT/SERVER, ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY

 CARLSBAD, Calif., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the coming year, companies that use IBM's AS/400 will undertake a massive effort to integrate their systems and extend networked computing resources across their organizations. This is only one conclusion of "AS/400 Spending and Strategies," the most recent publication of Midrange Computing. Based on a nationwide survey of AS/400 systems managers, "AS/400 Spending and Strategies" provides extensive information about the IS capabilities, development plans, and spending patterns of AS/400-based companies.
 According to Lee Kroon, Midrange Computing's industry analyst and author of the study, "The survey clearly showed that the AS/400 community is moving at breakneck speed to interconnect its computing resources." At present, 49 percent of the respondents have LANs and 34 percent connect them to the AS/400. One year from now, 60 percent will have LANs and 57 percent will connect them to the AS/400. In addition, spending for communications hardware during 1993 will exceed 1992 spending by 95 percent, while LAN software spending will grow by over 400 percent.
 Though the move to LAN-based computing architectures is inevitable, it will also be expensive. Companies that install their first LAN this year and connect it to the AS/400 will increase their overall IS spending by 55 percent over 1992 levels. By contrast, those who do not plan a migration to LANs will keep their 1993 spending flat compared to 1992. The survey also revealed that AS/400 sites with LANs usually spend a greater percentage of their revenue on IS than those without LANs. Companies who had at least one LAN connected to their AS/400 during 1992 spent a median of 1.79 percent of their revenue on information systems. Those without a LAN in 1992 spent a median of only 1.18 percent. The median for all companies during 1992 was 1.33 percent of corporate revenue.
 In addition to the above information, "AS/400 Spending and Strategies" contains more than 2,500 statistics and 200 exhibits covering every aspect of computing practices among AS/400 customers. It contains chapters analyzing the AS/400 community at large as well as the following industry sectors: manufacturing; retail and wholesale; financial services; data processing services; other services; and the government, education and medical sector. An additional chapter analyzes the differences in the computing and spending practices of companies with different computing architectures as well as companies of varying sizes. Editors can receive a table of contents and an executive summary by calling Midrange Computing at 619-931-8615.
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 /CONTACT: Lee Kroon of Midrange Computing, 619-931-8615 ext. 132/


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