Saudi public sees world-leading e-commerce technology for the first time

IBM showed off it's extremely popular iSeries server as part of the IBM / SBM iSeries Roadshow in Jeddah this week

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By  Alex Marklew Published  March 2, 2001

The latest e-commerce technology has been on display to Saudi Arabia’s leading IT experts in Jeddah.

IBM’s iSeries server is, according to its manufacturers, “the driving force behind the world’s most successful e-commerce ventures and a defining part of the Internet’s future.”

This week’s showing, at the Westin Hotel, marks the first time the hardware has been displayed to the Kingdom’s public.

“The iSeries, formerly well-known to computer professionals as the AS/400, stands for ‘integration’, promising a seamless interface between the Kingdom’s business and the world of electronic trade,” said Mohsen El-Wakeel, IBM’s iSeries services representative before the unveiling, which was part of the IBM / SBM iSeries roadshow.

According to Mohsen, the system forms “part of an overall strategy for a company’s e-commerce venture,” and will include applications necessary for security (Tivoli SecureWay), systems management (Enterprise) and transactions (WebSphere).

There are already 100,000 iSeries users worldwide, 500 of them in Saudi Arabia.

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