This is the 22nd excerpt from the second book in the Defen series: BIT: Business Information Technology: Foundations, Infrastructure, and Culture
Note that the section this is taken from, on the evolution of appliance computing, includes numerous illustrations and note tables omitted here.
This is a tour of a data center built around an IBM iSeries mini-computer. The important things to note here are:
The Windows set-up for finance and marketing runs the usual suite of Microsoft applications including Office Products, a client database on SQL-Server, and a locally built sales contact management application.
Email and related collaboration is handled, company wide, through Lotus Domino running on the iSeries.
The iSeries runs the following major business applications, all selected as best of breed packages from major vendors and installed as the company grew over a twenty year period:
The company currently has a major commitment to a project aimed at replacing the customer site systems, which were put in place the late eighties and early nineties to facilitate customer supply management, with a 2nd generation web based e-commerce collaboration suite. Plans call for development to use IBM's Web Sphere components and initial work has begun.
In addition, there are several dozen special purpose database or interface applications that were developed or acquired to solve specific problems. Some of these are fifteen years old but continue to run, essentially unchanged, because they still meet some business need.
Notice that getting the facts right is particularly important for BIT - and that the length of the thing plus the complexity of the terminology and ideas introduced suggest that any explanatory anecdotes anyone may want to contribute could be valuable.