IBM’s been in trouble lately, and it’s opened the floodgates for another complaint: Neon Enterprise Software has hit up the European Commission with a complaint about the company’s “anticompetitive and abusive” content.
Two other complaints along the same line have been filed by t3 Technologies and TurboHercules SAS. According to Neon, IBM has been acting in a way that disparages it and its product zPrime, and the way it’s gone about it has interfered with customers buying the product, as well as violating the US’ antitrust laws.
Straight from the first paragraph in Neon’s claim: “This case relates to monopolies that IBM has and is attempting unlawfully to maintain with respect to the computer processing of workloads generated by applications written originally to be processed on IBM mainframe computers, utilising IBM’s proprietary operating systems software.” It refers to Legacy Applications and Legacy Workloads, saying that they belong to customers, and not IBM.
It goes on to say that as a consequence of the IBM monopoly, the processing of customers’ Legacy Workloads makes billions for it in the form of operating systems software licensing fees. Because of this, Neon’s zPrime represents a threat to the monopoly, and in response IBM has used misrepresentation, disparagement, threats of retaliation and “baseless” litigation to get Neon out of the picture.
It’s quoted in the complaint that someone in the IBM sales team even said: “IBM would look to make an example of the first companies that bought zPrime.” Neon reckons that IBM has tried to rock the boat with most companies that have considered buying zPrime.
Neon’s entire complaint can be viewed here.