IBM et clouds

I note from Cotes People over Process Redmonk blog, that Sam Palmisano, CEO at IBM, has given Erich Clemente, Vice President, Strategy and General Manager of Enterprise Initiatives the mission of sorting out IBM’s disperate cloud initiatives.

I worked for Erich for 3-years, he was a great 2nd line, had good vision and great business acumen, as a former Systems Engineer, understood technology better than I think a lot of people would give him credit for.

If I was still at IBM, I’d have loved to work with Erich on this, and helped him carve through the silos, the marketing treacle, the services dilema and the hosting potential. I only hope he doesn’t allow himself to get  tied up in knots by people trying to define global architectures and claims of leading by creating all encompassing standards.

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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I'm an information technology optimist.


I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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