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July 08, 2005


Vincenzo Graziano

Hi, my name is Vincenzo Graziano and I am a marketing student. I posted a comment on the main page of this blog ("Innovation: why now?"). Did anyone read it? I apologise for the inconvenience :) . Best wishes


Harry Alton

According to the Steve Ballmer video http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=85529 on Channel 9 IBM has not done any innovation over the last 10 years! Any comments?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I went and looked at Steve Ballmer's comment in the transcript of the interview. It was a defensive sounding throwaway comment: "Did IBM out innovate us? I don’t think so. I don’t think they’ve done much interesting at all."

Our record over the last 10 years speaks for itself, from our leadership in supercomputing, RISC processors, web application software, game player micros, and on and on. Personally, what I am actually proudest is how much we have learned to work closely with the open communities and innovate along with them around the whole Internet space, Linux, Grid computing and so on. More than any other IT company we have been moving our business model toward the future, so we can leverage the increasing standardization of hardware and software to design solutions for all kinds of new problems in business, health care, education, government, and science.

Given the nature of innovation, you will really see the results of who is doing the most innovative work 10 years from now. What companies will continue to evolve into the future and be leaders in the industry, as opposed to spending their energies defending the past? I like IBM's position here better than that of any other large company in the IT industry. And the reason is totally due to the innovation we are doing right now in so many areas.


Hi guys, you can read my comment on what Ballmer said here: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=86097#86097 . I find it important to reply in the place where the discussion has been raised so that people can see that there isn’t only Ballmer’s view point. I would invite IBMers to kindly express their opinions on channel 9 where they can be heard by other free thinkers who don’t know IBM innovations as much as IBMers do :)

Vincenzo Graziano

Vincenzo Graziano

Hi Irving, I was reading a book for my dissertation “Leading the revolution” by Gary Hamel and I found the exciting story about John Patrick, David Grossman, the “Get Connected” IBMers and the first IBM corporate website. I was reading about the amount of work that was faced for the chess match between Garry Kasparov and an IBM supercomputer when I encountered your name and I said to a friend of mine who was sitting next to me “I know this man! I have written on his weblog!” You will forgive me if I showed off a little bit… You must have good memories about those revolutionary days.

Vincenzo Graziano

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