I started my morning reading an internal blog from our General Manager of IBM Collaboration Solutions, Alistair Rennie. I found it inspiring so I wanted to share it with my Sametime Blog community. Enjoy!
The Next Century will be Social
Alistair Rennie Today 7:07 AM | Comments (6) | Visits (710)
Today IBM celebrates 100 years of helping our customers succeed in business. Of course today, we're less interested in meat slicers, Hollerith cards or typewriters, but they are a part of our heritage, and the core values that propelled us then remain just as relevant today. Products change, and even the company name changed in that time. Now, of course, we are more focused on improving the networked world that IBM invented. It began by interconnecting mainframe systems and then distributed computing, inventing the personal computer, and linking it all together. In the process, something unique occurred when Lotus contributed the original "Killer App" of the PC Era, Lotus 123, and of course defined a generation of collaboration with Notes and Domino. It ushered in the era of personal and organizational productivity. Computing stopped being a back-office process performed by experts and became a way to connect people with people.
Since that time, computing has become increasingly about people - today we see an era of social business dawning. Networking today refers not to the interconnection of machines but the engagement of people. Computers themselves have become so enmeshed in the fabric of our lives that it's no longer about computing, but social business. We assume technology comes out of the clouds rather than machines, and that's okay, because It's not about the underlying technologies but their ongoing ability to engage the full ecosystem, make businesses nimble and provide transparency in an age when trust is being redefined.
In many ways, the century that dawns today will be illuminated by creating new value for our clients based on the code you write, the experiences you design, the opportunities you drive, and the engagements you complete. The story of the last century was highlighted by "wild ducks," smart individuals who thought for themselves, had an innate sense of direction and achieved all they did with a sense of wonderment and mission. Nowhere at IBM have I seen that spirit so well engrained as it is within the IBM Collaboration Solutions team's culture. Today, as the IBM company enters a new century, the entire company is focused on delivering the value of social business deep within our client base, a base you taught to collaborate and that they should never settle for anything less than an exceptional work or Web experience.
Today, following our official Day of Service yesterday (the service continues throughout 2011), we look back in awe at the people who built this company from the ground up into one of the most innovative and respected organizations and brands in the world. But we also look forward to an era of social business we are making happen now on a daily basis. We are already writing the next chapter in IBM's history book, though one that will likely be read on a smartphone, or delivered as an activity stream.
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Happy Birthday IBM ! - Lisa