IBM recently announced that CEO Ginni Rometty would be stepping down in April, to be replaced by Arvind Krishna. On the surface, replacing an IBMer that’s been with the company since 1981 with an IBMer that’s been with the company since 1990 isn’t the most… inspired move. In fact, it seems like business as usual for Big Blue. But this move may signal that IBM is ready to finally turn the corporate battleship after years of declining revenue.
It has been almost been a year since IBM announced intentions to acquire RedHat. The acquisition was complete in July of this year and Tim Crawford provides his perspective of the ramifications and future of IBM looking forward. Tim sees that RedHat purchase as a play to move IBM beyond its mainframe and professional services business and into the cloud era and the overall future of enterprise IT.