Sam's sharing with us was not only a tribute to IBM's 100 year history, but contained important messages such as building our skills, setting new trends, and excelling in our execution. Just after his speech, we caught reactions from a few of the 1,500 IBMers who were present. Here is what they had to say:
"I learned that IBM's focus on continuous innovation and re-adapting to market conditions is key to our achieving a 100 years, which very few big companies have done. I was also struck by Sam's words about how IBM is not just capturing markets, but making them."
Iris Tan, Sales Operations Specialist, IBM Singapore
"I'm proud of being an IBMer knowing IBM has stood for 100 years! What makes me even more excited is knowing how IBM is setting the trend though innovation and that I am part of it, especially being here in fast-growing ASEAN."
Denny Muktar, SWITA, IBM Indonesia
“Very inspiring, witty, frank. Clarity about where the company is going and strong emphasis on the need for talented people on the ground. The speech mainly helped us to understand how to look at competition and differentiate ourselves.”
Pranav Mehta, Senior IT Architect – Government Industry, IBM ASEAN
“Sam has made his speech so easy to understand for all of us. He made me realise that our biggest competitor is ourselves, and that we should set the trend, not trail it.”
Satsuki Tay, SWG Support Enablement Manager, IBM AP
"No other IT company in the world can achieve this moment of celebration - our Centennial. It has been a long long journey driven by innovation, hard work, energy, collaboration and social responsiveness. It is now up to all of us to take this forward into the future."
Uraipan Wongsuwat, Client Manager, Communications Sector IBM Thailand
“It was truly the Townhall of the Century. His conclusion was very thought-provoking: you have to differentiate yourself or you become just another commodity. It is a lesson I will pass on to my children.”
Sanjeev Agarwal, Principal Accounts Leader,IBM Singapore
"Having heard the centennial speech, i feel that IBM has significantly changed the world for the better, and will continue to do so in the centuries to come. It makes me proud to be part of IBM and contributing to a better world."
Walter C. So, Financial Services Sector STG Sales, IBM Philippines
“I saw a celebration of local culture that can be appreciated by everyone. Sam conveyed his message to us like a friend, and his message was exactly what we needed to hear.”
Dennis Menendez, AP, LA & Japan Midmarket/ Small Deal SW Sales Executive and Cross Brand Pipeline Optimization
"After sitting through the townhall and centennial lecture, I'm very proud to learn about IBM's ability to overcome failure, rising to the top time and again."
Irene Tan, Client Manager, Financial Services Sector, IBM Malaysia
"I am proud to be part of IBM Centennial because it means that I am part of an organization which continuously influences the way the world works!"