The Decimal Advantage

“Packed Decimal Pachyderms” — that’s us. Mainframe Elephants — long memories, very versatile, and — until recently — mostly grey. But if the pachyderm reference is obscure, the packed decimal part probably qualifies as obfuscation if used beyond the scope of mainframe technical insiders.
That’s funny, because it’s part of an entire range of strengths that make the mainframe the definitive platform for world-class business computing: its decimal orientation.

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