My new role in IBM

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Now that it’s been announced internally, I can briefly spill the beans that I have a new and expanded role in IBM. My standards and open source IP/membership/policy team and I are moving to the Software Group, and I am picking up the strategy and technology area around software, open source and otherwise, that runs on Linux. My new title is VP, Open Source and Linux. This team doesn’t focus on Linux per se, but rather the level above it. If it does or should run on Linux and IBM has a business interest in it, I have an interest in it.

Expect to see more Linux-related discussion in this blog, but this is not a marketing outlet. Therefore, expect the usual eclectic mix of topics including music, DSL, porches, travel, and the weather. Plus some IT stuff, when I remember.


  1. Congrats on the promotion(?). Looking forward to working with you in your new role.

  2. Congratulations!


  3. Congrats Bob, good to have you back in SWG!

  4. Congrats!

  5. I’ve got this little Cloud thing, KAUST Shaheen, which IBM has sold.

    But more are available, just have potential clients ask their IBM sales person about it.

    Good to have you in your new role. If we should make contact publically or privately, well, that’s relatively easy either way.

  6. It’s nice so see IBM emphasising Linux.

  7. Congratulations on the recognition of your contribution, in your assignment of additional responsibilities. It’s a good signal from the company that it sees that you’re making a difference, and they want to keep you relevant.

    I hope that the new responsibilities don’t cramp your blogging. (At least it looks like you have concert tickets booked out for a few months going forward!)

  8. Roy,

    Did you ever doubt it ? I’m reasonably certain that IBM isn’t going to go back to selling OS/2, mainly for the reason that nobody would buy it any more. Like typewriters, it is a part of IBM history.

    Apple OSX sits on BSD Unix. Sun Solaris sits on ATT Unix. Microsoft sits on Microsoft Windows, or maybe XENIX which is an ATT Unix if you plead with them to sell you one. Hewlett-Packard HPUX sits on ATT Unix. I guess you can trace the roots of those decisions to the type of business each typically engages in, and where abouts in the world they are based.

    But IBM is not any of those businesses, IBM needs to differentiate itself.

    How could IBM choose anything except Linux, to follow on where OS/2 left off ?

    Of course, you’d better see a salesman if you want to buy something, or a manager if you want a corporate commitment to anything. I just develop what I’m told to develop, I’m the engineer.

  9. Chris,

    IBM could also vend with other companies’ s/w (e.g. Apple). It would be wise to work collaboratively with peers though (LF).

  10. Like the Open Referent ?

    IBM sells with and through lots of business partners; if you are one, or want to be one, here is the IBM PartnerWorld web site.

    The interface with Apple used to be that IBM (and Motorola) sold PowerPC chips to Apple for use in their PowerMAC machines; however in recent years that has been displaced by Intel chips.

    I know that IBM is delivering specialist software to “O2”, the UK cellphone business, as part of the infrastructure behind the Apple iPhone in the UK. (And yes, you can get Lotus Notes for your iPhone ).

    So there is a lot of joint venturing going on. But rather different from the way it worked in the 20th century.

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