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Jun 27 2007   8:33AM GMT

Creditz signs $1.1 million System i deal with IBM

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Creditz, which creates digital rewards cards for consumers, has signed a $1.1 million deal with IBM that includes the purchase of IBM System i servers.

The iSeries hardware is just a portion of the deal, which also includes the purchase of WebSphere and DB2 software as well as managed services hosted in IBM’s Toronto data center. Here’s the rundown on what Creditz does, from the IBM press release:

The Creditz service gives consumers a digital currency card that allows consumers to make payments for anything from a postage stamp to a luxury car. With each payment, users earnCreditz that can be spent on whatever consumers want. For those who collect frequent flyer and retail buyer points, Creditz allows them to aggregate and exchange points for everyday shopping, dining, paying bills, retirement funds or making donations to nonprofit organizations.

Chris Maxcer at the System i Network has a column about how the IBM System i is good for Creditz because of the platform’s reputation for security and reliability. Although the best part from the link is a comment from a reader who compares the System i to Cinderella:

It has been told tales are a metaphor of real life. Has anyone ever noticed the likeness between the AS400 story and Cinderella’s tale? You have a step-mother (the mainframe) and you have stepsisters (p and x servers). You could even see the coach metamorphosed from the pumpkin (RPG?).

Will it ever be a happy end?

By now I see many many princes (faithful users) but none of them seems able to find the golden slipper.

Wow. I mean, that’s just funny.

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