IBM put the finishing touches on a reorganization of the Systems and Technology Group last week as the company continues to move away from a focus on technology and toward a goal of concentrating more on what business customers need in order to solve their particular industry challenges.
In an internal memo to employees, Bill Zeitler, IBM senior vice president and group executive, outlined the final phase of the reorganization that started last summer and ended this month with a plan that will take a large number of IBM employees out of their offices and put them in the field directly in front of clients.
While there will still be four technology platforms, the company's business will be aligned around four client sets: Enterprise Systems, Business Systems, Industry Systems, and Microelectronics. The heads of these units will feed Zeitler the needs that each of the business units develop along the way in the realm of advanced systems and technology.
Supplying these technology needs will be four business units arranged around today's existing platforms: Mainframe, Power Systems (System p, System i, and Linux on Power), Modular Systems (System x and IBM BladeCenter), and Storage.
The plan is to introduce a large volume of new products targeted specifically at client sets and needs that will be promoted with very tailored sales efforts, according to Zeitler.
The point of the restructuring is to make IBM a more lean, mean, power machine that can respond much quicker than in the past with the right mix of products and technologies to meet the needs of the four client sets.
While not yet announced, MC Press Online has learned that plans for the System i include offering a simplified yet versatile integrated machine for SMB clients who will get to consider a version that relies heavily on the Linux operating system.