Given the recent (and in some cases ongoing) issues people have had with the procurement process for IBM Rational products, I wrote an article on the subject. Part 1 is available here:

http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/ibmi/developer/general/rational_procurement1/

I took a lot of time on this article and got excellent input from a lot of people at IBM (and I'm very thankful to all of them). I was particularly intrigued by the fundamental differences between the Passport Advantage process and the traditional AAS/eConfig process that we midrange folks know and love.

If you have had questions on the process, I highly recommend you read this article. This first one goes into detail comparing the two different procurement mechanisms. The follow-up article will cover specific issues that IBM i customers should understand.

I hope it helps some folks in their decisions, because unless you're planning to retire in the next couple of years, the Rational products are going to be not just helpful extras but pretty much mandatory tools in your arsenal.

Joe

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