If your company is really small contact both IBM and Microsoft and share
your needs, they'll offer basic solutions for you to work and get more
details, until they sound good enough.

I've did about the same a couple of years ago and found that servers are
relatively cheap, even if you need half a dozen of them.

Software is tricky, Windows SMB has a lot of limitations, or perhaps it
lacks some good features of IBM i. There are several flavors of Windows, all
with small differences and costs.

Plan carefully, specially about Windows Servers, SQL Servers and CALs, plus
other features needed separately, such as a Back-Up tool and Anti Virus,
they can cost you a lot. Updates and support can cost a lot too.

Sure this all depends on your needs and company size, maybe you don't need
everything wich cames with IMB i, but take care about what you need and does
not come on Windows.

Plan how many people you'll need, usually Windows needs more than IBM i, but
also consider that Windows people is usually cheaper.

Do a 3 year estimate on both IBM i and Windows solutions based on Hardware,
Software Maintenance, Support and Peopleware, probably you'll get some very
interesting results.


-----Mensagem original-----
De: Midrange-NonTech [mailto:midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] Em nome
de Jeff Crosby
Enviada em: quarta-feira, 3 de dezembro de 2014 14:02
Para: Non-Technical Discussion about the AS400 / iSeries
Assunto: Cost of ownership IBM i vs Windows Small Business


I'm looking for studies, preferably independent, that compare the cost of
acquisition and ownership of IBM i vs Windows for small business. I have

but it means nothing to the CEO because the smallest company in the study is
15-20 _times_ our size. I want to find one applicable to companies our


Jeff Crosby
VP Information Systems
UniPro FoodService/Dilgard
P.O. Box 13369
Ft. Wayne, IN 46868-3369

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