There have been a few changes since the last time I posted this list, mostly to add links to articles and documents describing the new technologies:Long-Term IBM PotentialI think that IBM has tremendous growth potential over the next decade. For example, here are just some of the long-term contracts IBM has signed up since December '98 (updated since the last posting, with new listings/hyperlinks), in order of decreasing contract value:(Company name - contract commitment, type of product or service [contract duration])Dell - $16B in component sales; $6B in outsourcing [multi-year]Acer - $8B, components [7 years]EMC - $3B, components [5 years]Cisco - $2B, components [7 years]Galeries Lafayette - $1.2B, outsourcing [15 years]Nissan - $1.0B, outsourcing [9.5 years] Nintendo - $1.0B, components (for Jupiter) [multi-year]Portugal Telecom - $1.0B, outsourcing [10 years] **New addition**Bank One - $558M, outsourcing [7 year]Allied Signal - $550M, outsourcing, hardware, software [7 years] Mazda - $480M, outsourcing [10 years]Mitsui Marine Insurance - $235M, outsourcing [10 years]Telephonica Italia - $200M, outsourcing [multi-year] Sega - (I don't recall how much), components and manufacturing (for Dreamcast) [multi-year]Apple - (undisclosed), manufacturing (copper-based PowerPC G4 chip) [multi-year] Cazenove (UK) - (undisclosed), outsourcing [10 years] (I believe that EDS and AT&T both signed large outsourcing deals, but I don't recall the details. And I think there was another foreign telephone company. There are probably others I have forgotten as well.)According to an article discussing recent outsourcing deals (http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/19991028/bs/tech_ibm_4.html), there is presently a backlog of $58B in IBM long-term outsourcing contracts just waiting to be completed. So it looks like IBM Global Services will be sitting pretty for the next decade. The long-term component deals kick in another $35B-$40B.And this doesn't count billions to be made in patent licensing for advanced technologies, including:- Copper chip, optical lithography, and other advanced manufacturing technologies (http://www.research.ibm.com/topics/serious/chip/) **New link**- Silicon-on-Insulator technology (http://www.chips.ibm.com/bluelogic/showcase/soi/) **New link**- Flexible transistors (http://biz.yahoo.com/rf/991028/85.html)and other high-performance/power-reducing/ergonomic technologies that no one else has, but will need in order to compete in the next century. Or how about hard drives? IBM has the biggest/smallest/densest hard drives on the market:- The first 73GB(!) 3.5" drive (http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/991015/ca_ibm_1.html)- The revolutionary 340MB microdrive (the size of a quarter dollar) that can be used in digital cameras, wristwatches, and other small devices (http://www.storage.ibm.com/press/hdd/micro/990617.htm)- The third world record in the last year for drive storage density (http://www.storage.ibm.com/press/hdd/991004.htm)Did you know that 40% of all new laptop hard drives are IBM drives, or that IBM ships more state of the art Giant Magneto-Resistive read/write heads for hard drives (http://www.storage.ibm.com/press/mrheads/981217.htm) than anyone?Or that IBM has demonstrated a prototype wearable computer (http://www.ie.ibm.com/ie121198.html), about the size of a portable CD player, with a headset (about the size of a pair of glasses with one lens) for video output, with voice recognition. See http://www.jp.ibm.com/esbu/E/wpc/features.html for pictures. **New addition**I hope you find this useful. I'll try to update this list periodically.Take care. Mark.
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