Foremost among them is the Internet, which I have been closely involved with ever since becoming general manager of IBM’s Internet Division in December of 1995. The Internet, and all the social media platforms and applications in its wake have been one of the major enablers of collaborative innovation the world has ever known.
Then there is my work with Linux, which started around this time ten years ago when we finalized the decision to launch a company-wide Linux initiative. In January of 2000 we then announced that IBM was going to support Linux in all its products and services, and that I was responsible for forming a new organization to coordinate our Linux efforts across the company.
In those pre-Web 2.0 days, the community concept behind Linux and open source in general was mystifying to many. They were surprised that IBM had so strongly embraced Linux and were wondering what its relevance would be to the world of business. We spent a lot of time explaining that we were supporting Linux because it was an excellent operating system that ran on every single hardware platforms regardless of vendor or architecture, and would thus facilitate the integration of systems, applications and information over the Internet.