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Always On: IBM & Open Source: The Good, The Bad & the Questionable

May 17, 2005, 21:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Al Case)

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"Bob Sutor, IBM's vp for open source and standards told eWeek that IBM intends to focus on open source solutions for vertical markets--initially automotive, education and health care. However, according to the eWeek quote, there are no limits on what IBM intends to 'open' with.

"A huge proportion of IBM's revenue and profits come from the IBM Global Services (the computer giant's consulting arm). As evidenced by the 2002 acquisition of PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting by IBM/GS, it is an ongoing and huge part of CEO Sam Palmisano's strategy. Therefore, the move to open source should surprise no one. IBM hopes to give away software in hopes of moving more iron... and most importantly, more billable hours for its consultants..."

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