An unprecedented examination of the IBM software success story.  Steve Mills and all his direct reports are interviewed -- I can't remember the last time any publication was given that kind of access for one story.  That alone should send a clear signal of how important the application developer market is to IBM in 2004.  Not just of interest to Lotus customers, but to everyone.

For his part, Mills contends that the move continues longtime IBM strategies.
"The client has been part of our thinking for years," Mills said. "We bought Lotus for a reason back in 1995. We've had initiatives for seven years around pervasive devices. The idea that Microsoft is [on clients] everywhere is baloney. IBM is in cars, PDAs and in many other devices. The end-user experience has always been a piece of the puzzle."
The new Workplace technology, described by Mills as a "logically, physically consistent infrastructure," has piqued the interest of technology gurus and IT managers alike.
Ambuj Goyal, general manager of IBM's Lotus unit, suggests that IBM Workplace germinated at the point development leaders in the Software Group "believed network-centric computing had reached the point where we got it right. So now is the time to deliver value [via a] capable and simple set of tools."
Link: Special report - Inside IBM's software plans >
(with thanks again to Duffbert)

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