For years--decades to be precise--the OS/400 platform has been a popular choice for local and county governments, for much the same reason as it has been in other tight verticals: availability of applications. But we may soon be seeing even more local and county governments <A HREF="http://www.itjungle.com/tfh/tfh111405-story02.html">coming on board with the iSeries</A> in the near future. In a recent interview, Chip McClellan, IBM's senior marketing manager for market segments, he identified several "hot" markets that are being targeted by IBM for iSeries growth in 2006. Among those is government. McClellan says that this growth, which is occurring in all three geographies (Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific), is being driven, in part, by government spending on security, disaster relief, infrastructure projects (especially in Asia), and "broad-based investment in the public sector."