Start-up Internet Company Taps AS/400 as its Platform

Jim Martin

With more and more Internet-based companies forming every day, IBM has been pushing the AS/400 as an e-business platform. West Palm Beach Technologies, Inc. (Delray Beach, Fla.) has become the latest to recognize the AS/400’s e-business capabilities, announcing that its new Universal Commerce Portal and suite of e-commerce Application Service Provider (ASP) are powered by AS/400 servers.

WPBT provides full-service, seamless, end-to-end e-commerce solutions for the business-to-business and business-to-consumer market. By utilizing the powers of the AS/400, WPBT will be able to service companies of various sizes that are looking to move to the Web.

“We are pleased that West-Palm Beach Technologies choose AS/400 servers and many of IBM’s leading e-commerce and database software solutions to power its comprehensive Web-based enterprise,” says Tom Jarosh, general manager, IBM AS/400 business unit. “Our goal is to provide the very best solutions for our customers, to help them compete and win in their markets. We are proud to have WPBT as an IBM AS/400 e-business.”

WPBT’s Universal Commerce Portal is a proprietary WPBT e-business solution that runs on AS/400 servers using Lotus Domino, Lotus Notes and IBM’s DB2 Universal Database. “These are exciting times for our company,” says Robert DiMarco, Jr., president and CEO of WPBT. “IBM has provided us with best-of-breed solutions to allow us to provide our customers what they need--fast and easy access to the Internet, backed up by a reliable, robust, secure and scalable infrastructure that secures their mission-critical business operations.”