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InfoWorld: John M. Thompson: IBM's GM of software talks about the future of...software division

Jan 17, 2000, 21:40 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin LaMonica, Ed Scannell)

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"John M. Thompson, a 32-year IBM veteran, has been at the center of IBM's software revival. Thompson, an understated executive compared to flashier software rivals, has quietly turned IBM's software business into one of IBM's three biggest growth centers after operating at a loss four years ago. Thompson was instrumental in helping IBM carve out its first dedicated software organization five years ago, one that had an image and direction separate from its proprietary hardware platforms; not an easy chore given what those hardware platforms have traditionally meant to IBM's overall core strategies. Thompson sat down with InfoWorld's Executive News Editor Martin LaMonica and Editor at Large Ed Scannell to discuss the top issues facing IBM's software organization and its customers...."

"InfoWorld: How does last week's Linux announcement fit in with your Java strategy?"

"Thompson: First, we believe Linux is going to grow and it is going to be an important operating system that we will enable on all platforms. Two, we will fully exploit [Linux] with all of our middleware and system services, as well as all of the functionality that I talked about in this application architecture. We think that Linux can be the Unix platform that users develop for."

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