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5.3.5 Microsoft .Net framework
For .NET Windows developers, IBM has recognized the strong demand for a
tighter level of integration into that environment. IBM is strongly committed to the
.NET platform, specifically Visual Studio .NET, where it has been part of the
Microsoft Visual Studio Integrator Program (VSIP) since early 2002. IBM has
delivered a native .NET managed provider and a tightly integrated set of tools for
the Visual Studio 2002 and 2003 IDEs.
The IBM DB2 Development Add-In is a collection of features that integrates
seamlessly into your Microsoft Visual Studio .NET development environment for
working with DB2 servers and developing DB2 routines.
5.3.6 Independent software vendors and packaged solutions
IBM is committed to supporting ISVs and making the zSeries platform an
attractive platform for solution deployment. With the latest portability
enhancements, modern language, and open systems support, there are even
more reasons for choosing z/Architecture.
SAP is the recognized leader in providing collaborative business solutions for all
types of industries and for every major market. SAP is the world’s largest
interenterprise software company and one of the world’s largest independent
software suppliers overall.
A comprehensive family of applications and services, Siebel applications for on
demand business enable companies to draw from a consolidated source of
customer information to service, as well as sell and market to customers across
multiple channels. Using the software, companies are unifying and personalizing
their interaction channels, offering Web self-service, and closely targeting their
marketing campaigns, all in a quest for bottom-line leadership.
Note: Support for .Net and Visual Studio reflects IBM support for the latest
development environments. GUI-based development aids the acceptance of
mainframe technology by non-legacy staff, while retaining the significant
benefits of zSeries runtime deployment.
Note: The z/OS platform offers unmatched scalability, availability,
performance, and manageability to reliably handle any information needed in
an SAP R/3 solution using DB2 for z/OS as the database server.

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