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3/18/2014 03:00 PM EDT
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Susan Rambo
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Re: such an odd choice of 11
Susan Rambo   3/18/2014 11:43:29 PM
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True. These images don't represent deep tech so much, but are more broadly accessible. Just goes to show you, we have to do a part 2.  It is amazing how IBM accomplished. What strikes me is the amount of people they employed and still employ. It makes the layoffs seem small.

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Sheetal.Pandey   3/19/2014 1:44:04 PM
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No matter what happens, IBM will continue to remain in the electronics business with a trademark of their own. They know to survive tough times and be there.

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HaileyMcK   3/19/2014 3:23:41 PM
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@Susan, as i was researching this piece, i was reminded at how broadly IBM took its product portfolio. Top of mind for me was, of course, mainframes, then a big push into software and of course the ThinkPad.  When you see it all together, though,  you realize it's immense.

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HaileyMcK   3/19/2014 3:26:29 PM
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@TanjB, this certainly could have been 100 slide slideshow! All of the things you mention are important. Maybe we'll have to do another slide show.

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HaileyMcK   3/19/2014 3:28:49 PM
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@Susan, we may have to go industry by industry (IBM and Big Busienss, IBM and SMBs, IBM and defense, etc.) or maybe by by categories (components, subsystems, systems, software, etc). At this rate... it could be a full time job. :)

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Susan Rambo   3/19/2014 3:31:39 PM
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I think you just made yourself indispensible. Job security even if working for IBM won't promise it, writing about it might.

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goafrit   3/19/2014 8:18:58 PM
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IBM has the test of ages in the next 10 years. It has done well in the past and that is history. It is a great firm but Apple, Amazon, Google and MST are eating into the cakes of IBM. It is making money in software but what is software is commoditized?

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goafrit   3/19/2014 8:21:19 PM
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>>No matter what happens, IBM will continue to remain in the electronics business with a trademark of their own. 

Why the qualification with no matter what? IBM has better chance in the software industry than electronics. I am not sure there is any product in my house that has IBM logo. The same applies in the office. Sure, it is a great firm but it has a challenging future.

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goafrit   3/19/2014 8:24:31 PM
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>> Job security even if working for IBM won't promise it, writing about it might.

There is nothing like Job Security in the 21st century. Anyone that thinks otherwise is wrong. It is unprecedented to expect job security when we have all the resumes in LinkedIn with no fear from employers. People should expect the job can go any hour and be prepared.

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daleste   3/19/2014 9:20:38 PM
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Yes, the brave new world.  No job security as long as the employers have the power.  With the unemployment rate as it is, it looks like the companies will have the upper hand for quite a while, if not forever.  IBM is still a great company and I expect it will continue to be.

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