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IBM is my "alma matter." That's where I learned about computers and IT. When I was there it was still run by Tom Watson Jr. who was followed by a long string of "professional" but less capable CEOs until they finally had to fire John Akers. Akers was followed by Lou Gerstner from McKinsey and Company, the pre-eminent management consulting firm. He did a great job turning IBM around. IBM remains a leading business oriented technology company even as technology moves towards the masses in the form of tablets and smart phones. Now smaller than the retail oriented companies, IBM remains a great company.

On January 1, the job of CEO is passing to Ginni Rometty. I liked the video in the following interview:

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/10/25/ginni-rometty/

I sure hope she does a better job that a few recent lady CEOs at other high tech outfits. ;)

Denny Schlesinger
 

PS: Talking about "tablets," St. Peter introduces Jobs and Moses: "Moses, meet steve. He's going to upgrade your tablets."
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1. I wasn't going to rec that but then got to the end :-)
PS: Talking about "tablets," St. Peter introduces Jobs and Moses: "Moses, meet steve. He's going to upgrade your tablets."

2. Do you know Doug Short as an IBM alum?
http://advisorperspectives.com/dshort/about.php

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By the time Doug Short arrived at IBM I had been gone for 18 years. Besides, I was working in Venezuela and had almost no contact with the USA. There was a time I was mad as hell at IBM, specially when I got sued for lack of payment of some dictating equipment that I clearly told the IBM sales rep we did not want -- but my partner signed the order! :( I never bought any IBM equipment since then. I've been an Apple customer/re-seller/developer for over 30 years.

But the culture inside IBM when I was there was great. Ginni's story reminds me of it. One day my boss calls me to his office and asks me if I know the IBM 046 (the paper tape to punch card converter). I reply: "No." To which he says.

Boss: "There is a customer coming in tomorrow with an 046 problem. Help him out."

Me: "But I don't know the 046!"

Boss: "That's your problem."

I scramble to find a manual and someone who knows. The problem is solved. Fast forward about 25 years. I meet a fellow in Miami while negotiating a job contract. On hearing my name he asks me if by any chance I wasn't the fellow who solved their paper tape to card problem years earlier. ;)

Just get it done!

Denny Schlesinger
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