Companies will be shown how to save money by using IBM's iSeries machines as web servers at the supplier's autumn UK user conference next week.
Stephen Way, director of the Common UK iSeries user group, said, "One of the main drivers behind the conference is that there are plenty of iSeries installations in the UK that are just using the box for standard green-screen applications, such as accounting and manufacturing, but it is capable of much more than that."
Accessing web data via the iSeries will save users the cost of investing in additional hardware, he added.
Ray Titcombe, chairman of council at the IBM Computer Users' Association, said, "This seems to be the classic IT project that most of our members are working on.
"Some organisations have delayed building internet connectivity but now realise that it is necessary, and there are also a number of user sites that are trying to improve their existing e-business operations."
The Common User group has arranged for an iSeries server to be set up at the conference, which speakers will use to give live demonstrations of systems management and web-enablement techniques that use the platform.
Frank Soltis, IBM iSeries chief scientist and the man widely regarded as the father of the iSeries server platform, is due to address delegates at the event, which takes place between 15 and 16 October at the Royal Court Hotel in Coventry.
A number of UK iSeries users will be also be sharing their experiences.