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May 4, 1994

ISLANDS IN THE DATA STREAM

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM units really are isolated islands wrapped up in their own affairs and with no knowledge of or interest in any other part of the business – in previewing the new AS/400s, IBM Corp revealed that one of the elements of the system got its name after IBM pitched a manufacturing requirements planning system running on AS/400 to a large manufacturing undertaking with operations in California, Germany and Japan: what’s the database? asked the customer, and the question was clearly pressing because it went right back to the boss, who said reluctantly You’d better say DB2/400; DB2? said the delighted client – oh, we know that and signed the deal; and the customer? IBM’s own AdStar disk business…

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