Charles Wang, chief executive of Computer Associates, has called for US antitrust authorities to investigate IBM, claiming it has a monopoly position in mainframes.
In an interview with this publication, Wang said that IBM is a more dominant force in the mainframe market than Microsoft is on the desktop.
"I personally believe government should stay out of the software business and should not say what should be packaged. But if they look in an even way they should look at IBM, which certainly has a monopoly," he said.
IBM has "worse dominance" than Microsoft because it controls hardware and applications and bundles these together, Wang argued.
On the ongoing antitrust trial against Microsoft, he said: "Even if they find abuse position, will they break it up?"
He also addressed the Asian currency crisis, claiming that CA does not have a big presence in the Far East, but is affected indirectly by customers being more cautious in purchasing.
"It affects deals with large multinationals, which are more cautious," he said. "Companies which would do five-year deals, now do three years with an option for two years. It costs them more but they are uncertain on Asia and the Year 2000 problem."
Computer Associates expects its third quarter financial results to be in line with analysts expectations, he said.
In the second quarter, net profit rose eight per cent to $293.9 million, on sales of $1.216 billion, up 10 per cent.
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