IBM, being the ulimate geeks, encode all the product names with esoteric names. Below is our effort to decode this for the average pleb.
|Brand||Acronym||Size||CPU||OS||Form Factors||Languages||User Groups|
|Lenovo bought System x (Redbook xREF: IBM x86 Server Reference)||x = Xeon||Small||64-bit Intel Xeon||Linux, Windows||BladeCenter|
|AIX||p = POWER||Mid-Range||64-bit POWER5 and POWER5+||AIX 5L or OpenPower (Linux)||p5|
|IBM i||i = AIX||Mid-Range||64-bit POWER5 aka RS/6000 (Intel emulator)||i5/OS aka AS/400 and OS/400, Linux, AIX 5L, Windows||i5||iSociety, AS400 Blog|
|Power Systems (replace iSeries)||POWER = Power RISC Processor||Mid-Range||64-bit POWER7||IBM i, AIX, UNIX, Linux||POWER7||iSociety|
|z Systems||z = z (big)||Mainframe||z9||Linux on System z9, z/OS aka OS/390, z/VM, z/VSE, VSE/ESA, TPF, z/TPF||z9-109||Python Port, UNIX ported tools|
|IBM Connections wiki||community documentation|
|WebSphere||Web application server|
|CASE tools, middleware, embedded IDE tools, DevOps tools|
|Rational ClearCase||software configuration management|
Lotus Domino 8
Lotus Domino Messaging Server
Workplace Collaboration Services
|SPSS||statistics, surveys, business intelligence, data mining, data modeling|
|Informix Dynamic Server (IDS)||embedded database|
|big data, data warehousing, business intelligence, business analytics and optimization|
|IBM Commerce||supply chain, ecommerce, large retail department stores|
|Tivoli (manual)||network fault management (NBN)|
|IBM Smarter Workforce - Kenexa||Human Resources and Recruitment|
|IBM Watson - AI - IBM Watson Analytics Community - medical simulator||medical, cognitive, AI computing|
|WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration, Cast Iron Web API||cloud|
|Xtify, Xtify (2)||push notification, messaging|
|Codename: BlueMix, Codename: BlueMix (2)||PaaS, cloud|
|mainframe||tape libraries (petabyte)||TS3200|
IBM is in numerous industry groups:
You get the impression IBM deals with middle to large companies. Small companies like ours struggle to make use of the good software due to lack of infrastructure - communications bandwidth and processor speed, hard disk size and RAM size. Capital is what it is all about hey? IBM needs to break its downloads into smaller chunks e.g. 50MB, and port its software to less high-end versions of operating systems e.g. Fedora. We are being squeezed out of our own industry - open source software - in the stampede to capitalise on Linux as an alternative to Solaris, Windows, SCO and Mac OS X.
Be careful of what IBM does. They will sway the industry and have such huge intellectual property investments in alternative operating systems that they will sew up the computer world. They take out more patents per day than any other company for 13th consecutive year! (IBM takes out 2941 US patents in 2005 - 1100 more than any other company - then: Canon 1828, HP 1797, Matsushita 1688, Samsung 1641.) They are pushing into 3rd world countries where no-one cares about Microsoft and making huge coups for Linux over Windows e.g. Peru, Brazil, China.
So the only way to beat IBM is:
IBM don't seem to be that bright when it comes to dealing with small business. It is like a torrent of information coming at you from them but not much filtering goes on when dealing with that kind of brontosaurus so it almost becomes comical how bad they are at small tasks. They have NO creativity: all suits and straight down the line conservatives.
In the late 1990s, IBM moved into the middlware tools market (e.g. Rational) away from their hardware market. Hardware made little money on the margins as it is cloned by Taiwanese companies with no royalties.
They make billions out of services by partnering with IT consultants. Partnering requires a non-disclosure agreement and business plan. They are very straight with business plans and business value (total cost of ownership). They deal with the suits in a business (non-technical side). So to deal with IBM, you have to be very business like. This will tighten up your balance sheet and profit and loss statement (a good thing really) and make you think what you will get out of being a part of a very big organisation's connections.
I once visited IBM at Pennant Hills, Sydney. It was like being a rebel fighter entering the Death Star - massive entrance and floors and floors of consultants, technical specialists and marketing people swarming everywhere. I felt totally out of place! I'm more into PCs (microprocessors) and smaller handheld systems so going near a mainframe hub was a bit daunting! I prefer smallness and flexibility than centralist control systems that people like governments and armies use to muster up power and control over the masses.
I have considered partnering with IBM and visited their St Leonards NSW base in 15 March 2011 to attend a big data Sydney SMAQDown meetup presentation on Hadoop on how the British Library archived the internet and also saw their very interesting computer museum. IBM Emerging Internet Technologies jStart team in Australia sponsored this meetup.
Ex IBM's Glenn Wightwick (Director, IBM Research and Development - Australia, and Chief Technologist for IBM Australia) worked with NSW Government to hold forums in regional NSW in March 2012 of which I went to Orange one in 20/3/12. He was appointed in July 2014 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UTS (UTS appoints leading technologist to head up research 7/14).
This is a software and systems seminar in Melbourne 14/8/12 and Sydney 16/8/12.
IBM Webinars are high bandwidth and require Flash. They don't work well on Vodafone 3G. PDF download works but not audio streaming. Close all other windows in browser other than Webinar or there will be no audio. Firefox with Flash 11 plugin on Linux works.
In April 2013, IBM acquired UrbanCode a DevOps tools vendor.
IBM sold xSeries and Bladecenter to Lenovo in Jan 2014 for $2.3Bn after 7 quarters decreasing hardware sales.