Writer Darryl K. Taft does a good job of providing an overview of IBM's software business in this interesting eWeek article, "Software: The Driving Force Behind IBM's Business Transformation"
While this article has been posted numerous times on Twitter and the like, I felt it was worth a post here on the Service Management blog in case folks missed it.
In particular, it's worth noting how IBM Software Group follows the Glengarry Glen Ross (IMDB) mantra of, "Always be closing."
By that, I mean that we continue to look at the market and the requirements of our customers, and we continue to innovate how we build our products, how we manage internally and how we do business.
We rest. But not much... :-P
Senior Vice President and Group Executive Steve Mills said it best in this article:
"Businesses today want technology to solve their business problems and make them leaders within their own industries. In response, we have been moving our middleware portfolio into new, higher-value opportunities, growing our core capabilities, strengthening our portfolio and building solutions that support IBM's Smarter Planet agenda. Now we have the opportunity to take advantage of our middleware leadership and differentiated offerings to accelerate the growth of our business. By better aligning our organization to marketplace requirements, we can focus across our broad portfolio more effectively, ensure the right levels of investment to grow our business exponentially and deliver new levels of innovation to our clients."
Later in the article, Stephen Stokes an analyst at AMR Research said:
"This is the most significant organizational transformation in IBM's history. They're setting themselves up to really win big in the new economy."
Our customers and the market will ultimately decide the outcome, but I would agree with Stephen and think we're positioned FTW on this one.