Forte Software and IBM are working together to port the Forte Application Environment over to Big Blue?s OS/390-based mainframe environment.
The move would appear to make sense because the development tools supplier has suffered criticism in the past for failing to support the mainframe, while IBM has been rebuked for not delivering high-end 4GLS to its user base.
But, IBM has now provided Forte with up to 10 engineers to help in the task, while Forte has hired a specialist with mainframe expertise to work on the project.
Mike Hedger, Forte?s vice president of Europe, said: ?IBM is repositioning itself to become an open company and show that the mainframe isn?t dead, but has its place as an enterprise server. We?ve traditionally played in the Unix space, but most of our customers use mainframes, so the move made sense. It?s a natural extension of our tools line.?
The socalled Forte Open Mainframe Architecture will enable users to deploy Forte applications on the mainframe and to integrate them with existing OS/390-based packages.
It is scheduled to go into beta in the first half of next year and to ship during the second half. The companies will undertake joint marketing, but the product will not appear on IBM?s price list.
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