Month of June was a busy month for me traveling all over the country. I spoke at Rational Software 2011 Innovation Conference in Orlando, Gartner 2011 EA Summit in San Diego, and Center of the Application of Information Technology (CAIT) of University of Washington in Saint Louis. In all these events, I talked about IBM’s internal transformation towards a smarter enterprise from an Enterprise Architecture perspective.
The story starts like this. In 1990, IBM was the second most profitable company in the world. Then it lost a huge amount of money from 1991-1993 and was in serious troubles. In 1993, IBM’s Board of Directors took Einstein’s advice that problems cannot be solved using the same level of thinking that created them and hired Lou Gerstner, an outsider, not from IT industry, to turnaround the IBM. IBM became profitable again in 1994. IBM is transformed into a Globally Integrated Enterprise where the whole is larger than sum of its parts. We celebrated IBM’s 100th birthday less than a month ago. We are working hard to make the planet a smarter place while having our eyes on IBM’s 2015 roadmap. IBM is an example of q company built to last.
There are many lessons-learned from IBM’s turnaround journey
that could be leveraged by others. An organization doesn’t
need to be the same size as IBM to benefit from IBM's internal transformation experience. Many of those lessons, approaches, and methods are applicable to smaller organizations too. As I stated above, I have been busy sharing the IBM’s transformation journey from an Enterprise Architecture perspective with the
world. I will start sharing some of them