NOW maybe we'll all believe Ed Brill and Alan Lepofsky...
... when they say that the brand barriers within IBM are a thing of the past...
A follow up to yesterday's story about IBM refocusing on vertical industry solutions. In Computerworld, there's a story about the reorganization with the following paragraph:
"The company plans to retrain its staff so that more than half of its 13,000 worldwide sales employees focus on industry-specific product sets. It will also shift its marketing and development efforts away from a focus on IBM's five software brands and toward cross-brand application packages tailored for specialized industries, according to company spokesman John Reilly."
This says some very significant things... "Cross-brand application packages". Lotus playing with Websphere playing with DB2 playing with Tivoli.
Here's your glass... half-full or half-empty? Your isolated Lotus-only world is a thing of the past. Does that scare you? It shouldn't. You can now leverage what you know in Notes/Domino, and apply it in even more areas. In addition, you will have a nice transition point to pick up additional knowledge and skills in complementary areas (DB2, Websphere, J2EE, Linux, etc).
The more I read about yesterday's announcement, the more I like it. There will be more information coming forth about this, I'm sure. I'm more convinced than ever that my personal decision to concentrate on IBM technologies was a correct choice with some interesting opportunities for the future.