Gartman has been an IBM Business Partner since 1983. Through our Business Partner status and similar business relationships, we are able to offer innovative hardware and software solutions at competitive prices. Hardware products include iSeries computer, terminals, personal computers, printers, peripherals, network components, barcode equipment and radio frequency devices. Advanced applications for the iSeries also are offered for qualified customers.
Around the world, organizations have chosen to build their businesses on the iSeries. More than 500,000 are installed world wide. From the beginning, the iSeries has been designed to deliver real business value by delivering exceptional power along with reliability and security.
The current models of the iSeries are server models. They are the 170e, 720e, 730e and 740e. The choice of model is based primarily on the volume of business transactions, the number of users on the system, networking considerations and anticipated growth.
The iSeries operating system, OS/400, is tightly integrated to include database, input-output functions, programming tools, networking and communications. The iSeries' networking support provides a solid foundation for integrating applications and achieving file and print sharing. PC support through Enhanced Client Access and print sharing for Windows PCs has been simplified with the latest release of the iSeries operating system, Version 4, Release 4.
By harnessing Internet technologies, you can extend the reach of your core business applications to exploit the vast possibilities of e-business. Because the iSeries is built the way you need to do business, you can respond more quickly to market shifts, product development cycles, and reaching new markets. iSeries features critical to an e-business solution include TCP/IP, Firewall, WebSphere and Domino.
For more information on the iSeries, visit IBM's web site at www.as400.ibm.com.
The current iSeries and operating system has the ability to connect to any system that will handle a TCP/IP data stream. The iSeries will connect to other midrange systems, PC networks (e.g., NT and Novell) and mainframe systems. IBM has committed the iSeries to becoming the server box of choice for the manufacturing and distribution market place. Any system or PC that conforms to current TCP/IP industry standards should have the ability to connect and communicate with the iSeries. The iSeries is a true database machine, allowing for the exchange of information both to and from the iSeries and any TCP/IP connected device.
The iSeries, with current operating system and software, can become a server to the Internet for web-based applications and e-business. The iSeries has the ability to host a web page and act as the firewall to the outside world. The technology in the box will allow customers to have all applications based on the iSeries and connected to the rest of the world.
This connectivity may be extended to any remote warehouse location(s) using DMS. Traditional iSeries connectivity is made using 5250 type controllers with SNA over a communication network (frame relay, 64K dedicated circuits, T1 lines, dial-up lines, etc.). TCP/IP has extended to the remote(s) to allow IP peripheral devices to communicate with the iSeries. The same communication network will be in place, but instead, the iSeries will use routers to control the traffic at each location. This makes the entire communication network open to connectivity to other systems in the remote(s), as well as in the host location as indicated above.
Traditionally, peripherals connected to the iSeries have been some type of 5250 or SNA device. With the advent of TCP/IP and ethernet connections, the peripheral devices are moving to an IP-based system. DMS will use the following basic peripherals to communicate between user and host system:
Terminals Traditional terminals are single function devices that allow for interface into DMS and communication to the system. They serve as the user's workstation. The market is moving toward iSeries devices that will connect via TCP/IP over the iSeries' network capability to provide greatly expanded functionality. The IP devices will be able to send/receive electronic mail, and will be equipped with a browser that will allow access to the Internet (assuming the host i Series has Internet access).
Printers Printers will connect via TCP/IP to the iSeries and be used as the output devices from the system. The type of printer used will depend upon the printer's primary function. For example, pick tick printers are usually located on the warehouse floor, and is an impact printer capable of printing up to six parts. The printer speed is normally in the 300-700 CPS range. Laser printers are used to print invoices, purchase orders, reports and other documents requiring higher print qualities and speed. Laser printers have the ability to take advantage of DMS's electronic form overlay functions. The speed of these printers is usually in the 17-30 PPM range. The system printer is a large printer used to print major reports and similar applications. Normally, it will print 800-1,400 LPM and be located and controlled by the system's operator and/or computer room.
Personal computers can be connected to the iSeries for a variety of functions, include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation development, electronic mail and calendaring, group collaboration, etc. It is Gartman's recommendation that PCs attached to the iSeries be a business class machine, not a PC designed for home use. We also recommend that PCs be from a known vendor, such as IBM or Compaq. With all the options and variations a PC can bring, comes the complexity of using and maintaining them. Gartman has the knowledge to provide sound advice and guidance regarding your business' personal computing needs. However, it is our policy to recommend in house personnel or local service provider for the implementation and maintenance of PCs in the DMS and iSeries environment.