The iSeries is a terrific computer -- fast, friendly, flexible, reliable and expandable - and is very likely to gain in popularity. As the economy has declined, top executives in large companies are more aware than ever of the high costs of running business applications in a network environment. As these networks grow in size, business applications have a tendency to collapse under their own weight, growing to the point where response times, downtimes, and staff sizes become unlivable. The iSeries is being recognized as the solution that improves efficiency, reliability and saves cost.
I see companies more and more interested in using the iSeries to communicate with clients by e-mail and by FAX, primarily to save mail costs. Unfortunately, many of the smaller client companies are not yet prepared technically or psychologically to conduct business by e-mail, and FAX as a solution tends to be cumbersome and uncertain. Larger companies tend to conduct themselves more and more by means of electronic transfer of information, and the iSeries is well-suited to handle this job.
Combine that with the affordability of highly capable low-end iSeries computers and the ease of programming them for business applications, and it should spell an upward trend in the iSeries over the next few years.