I found a great quote accredited to Frank Soltis – sometimes described as the Father of the AS400.

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November 20, 2008

This is an excerpt from INSIDE THE AS400 – a must read for any System i, AS400 or iSeries techie…


It’s in the Sauce

“It’s in there; it’s all in there!” exclaims the TV commercial for a well-known brand of spaghetti sauce. Instead of buying the ingredients and making your own sauce, argues the narrator for this commercial, you simply can buy a jar of this spaghetti sauce and know that all the good, fresh ingredients you would use are already in there. Glenn Van Benschoten, the system product manager for the AS/400, likes to use the spaghetti sauce analogy when he is describing the integrated nature of the AS/400:Whatever you need for your AS/400, “It’s all in there.”

AS/400 B60 - One of the largest AS/400 SystemsThe AS/400 is an integrated system, and this characteristic sets the AS/400 apart from most other systems. Integration in a computer system means the various parts work together as a whole. The value of integration for a customer is that the system is easier to install, maintain, and use, which usually results in lower operational costs for a business.

If you were to ask a developer from Rochester why the AS/400 is a successful system, you would likely get the answer that Rochester knows how to build the best multiuser commercial systems. If you press a little harder and ask why, the developer will probably begin to compare specific features, such as the database or the security structure, with other systems. Yes, the AS/400 has a great database and a good security structure, but so do other systems. The value of the AS/400, which many of our developers either miss or take for granted, is that all components are designed to work together to provide a system that is greater than the sum of its parts.


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

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