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Steve Mills is now in charge of both hardware and software. According to The New York Times....
The management changes, announced in an e-mail message to I.B.M. employees, were intended to improve the company’s products and services, Mr. Palmisano wrote. For example, computer hardware and software are for the first time being placed under the oversight of one executive......Increasingly, Mr. Palmisano wrote, computer systems must be “designed and brought to market as tightly integrated” packages of hardware and software.
So, am I the only one totally confused by this? What hardware and software is that?
Certainly it isn't the PC and PC based server world -- unless they're planning to come out with the "PS/2 2.0" or some product directly competing with the entire Wintel world like Apple. The idea of selling a PC with its own software and hardware tied exclusively to it went out with the Tandy 2000 in 1982.
Certainly it isn't the networking and SAN businesses, because while there is software for that - it's already managed by the hardware team as what is essentially firmware and specialty OS stuff.
Are they now talking about specifically refocusing entirely on the Mainframe world? Are HP and Hitachi (is that still who competes there?) pushing them so hard as to make it worthwhile to put all of the software division under that group?
Is it just that Hardware and Software combined now have about the same revenue and budget as Services by itself?
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