This morning was special, as I woke up as an IBMer. No, no sign of my skin or clothes turning to blue, of course! From the due diligence last July, the formal announcement, the two offers to tender ILOG shares, the on boarding, blue-rinsing and blue-washing processes, it has been a progressive and continuous move over 7 months, and the integration will still take a few more months. But switching to the IBM payroll this morning is quite a special milestone.
A date and step special for another personal reason. Friday was not only my last day as an ILOGer. It was also marking exactly the end of 20 years with ILOG (I joined at the creation of the company in 1987 but had to leave for 1.5 years to complete my military service before coming back in 1990). Definitely a special weekend, squeezed between these two milestones.
Anyway, with this acquisition, you may wonder about the future of the ISIS acronym and the process itself. As a reminder, ISIS stands for ILOG Solution Implementation Standard. ILOG, will remain a legal entity for a few more months, acting as an IBM Company (see our new logo below). We can therefore keep ISIS as is until the actual "transfer of trade" or "transfer of business," the terms set by the M&A team.
By the way, what about the I in ILOG? Almost 22 years later, I bet many people do not know the origin of the company name. (Not our best marketing achievement...) ILOG stands for Intelligence Logicielle, or literally Software Intelligence in English, the crossing between Artificial Intelligence techniques and concepts applied to Software Engineering. A French acronym which went a long way around the globe to get the planet smarter. Smarter thanks to the intelligence of more than 3,000 customers and 850 employees. And now with the opportunity to leverage IBM's fabulous reach with close to 400,000 employees in more than 170 countries. From the cash registers to the mainframe, eBusiness, On Demand and now the Smart Planet initiative, we are glad to join and contribute to IBM's 97 years of history in "Changing the Rules of Business!"
From a content standpoint, ISIS is a perfect match with IBM's strategy in terms of method and process and we already established key contacts in this area both within SWG (Software Group) and GBS (Global Business Services) to discuss how our BRMS and Optimization best practices will smoothly integrate with IBM's capability around SOA, BPM and Project Management in particular. ISIS has been designed and architectured as a series of OpenUP plug-ins, leveraging the Eclipse Process Framework. That makes it 100% compatible with RUP and Rational Method Composer. ISIS strongly pushes the agile and iterative development values, and so are IBM's processes. In addition to our work within the Praxeme Institute, which provides an open methodology, we look forward to getting ISIS to leveraging SOMA (Service-Oriented Modeling and Architecture). As you can see, you can be assured that ISIS is promised to a great future as its best practices are part of the assets both companies are eager to leverage to continue expanding the reach of our BRMS, Optimization, Visualization products and Supply Chain applications!
Bottom line, we have a few months to live with the ISIS acronym as is. I standing for ILOG. Or will it stand for IBM...? Fortuitous coincidence, predilection or destiny? To get the answer, you will have to ask ILOG's CEO and founder, Pierre Haren! With one opportunity to do so this week at Dialog, our Premier User Conference. Talk to you later from Florida!