BIG BLUE ON
R&D Into Dollars and
Despite a staid, men-in-blue image, IBM�s R&D labs have
always generated bleeding-edge ideas. Copper-wire
microprocessors, RISC processors, and DRAM memory chips were all
invented there. But too often it was other companies -
Sun, Intel, Motorola - that profited from these
"We used to have fights over one esoteric
semiconductor design versus another," recalls Paul Horn, a
17-year Big Blue veteran who heads IBM Research. "We had
great research that didn't fit with our manufacturing
That changed when Lou Gerstner became CEO in 1993 and
started agitating the test tubes. Gerstner immediately
chopped $1 billion from the R&D budget (the current
budget is a still-healthy $5.5 billion) and then asked
the division to focus less on pure research and more
on ideas that had a chance of becoming salable
products. Researchers were paired with product developers
to find solutions to real-world problems. Today, at
least a quarter of IBM�s 2,900 - strong research staff
in its eight worldwide labs works directly with
This approach has generated results. Take voice
recognition. IBM spent decades trying to get computers to
understand human speech. In the old days, this research
surely would have languished in the laboratory. Now the
technology is found in IBM�s inexpensive off-the-shelf
But voice recognition is peanuts
compared to the company's disk drive business. Despite
having invented the hard drive, IBM had no PC disk drive
division until 1994. Today, thanks in part to new research
into magnetoresistive heads, the unit generates $2.5
billion in revenue - about 3 percent of IBM�s total
But, hey, it�s not all big ideas. In addition to disk
drives, IBM�s Nobel Prize-studded research team (five
laureates) is building nano-scale integrated
So what�s that vaunted brain trust up to now. Take a
quick tour of the R&D sandbox below.
an ice carnival every winter. i suggest you
volunteer yourself as a human image. to be frozen for next
year. your brain already is. so what is the difference.
woody allen may unfreeze you in 2312.
I see the negative feedback to your mindless
attacks has finally gotten through to you. you are now
admitting you need professional help to straighten up your
There is no use for you to put
cosmetics on your face and trying to attack the IBM
management instead of the peopl on the this board. you have
done enough damage to yourself already.
it does not feel too good to be a son of a bitch
after all, does it??
Well i hope you learned
your lessons! And learn to be more curteous and learn
more facts before you open your traps.
I have am excuse, I sometimes drink at night
before I go to sleep. You are posting like you are maybe
drunk at 7am? You don't even really look like you are
drunk quite frankly. You just look stupid. Instead of
just being a lawyer dropout and posting stupid shit on
the IBM board, why don't you go back to law school
and actually get a degree. It will show up in your
thought patterns of you writing.
You did post some
nothing stuff on the MSFT board that I read occasionally.
What happened on the IBM board?
Opposite. an unauthorized version of Dr. Opposite's
I do remember:
Dr. Fungcool, dr. O remember
this IBM 199 or 200. Ya, sometime in the future and
who knows when. Your buddy.
reading for a couple months you may have come
across my saying i never worked for, (thus never fired
etc.) never practiced law for them, tho i had to fill
out depositions and written interrogatories a half
dozen times for clients who may have been in the field.
I never owned their stock, tho 20 years ago i
bought it for a client--they made good money in it. i
workd for univac early in my legal career but quit
cause their management was gutless. Ibm could have had
its domination ended more than 30 years ago instead
of 10. Mgmt of large amer. cos. much less able than
given credit for. the tech. industry today has produced
an awful lot of terribly capable, bright,
imaginative people--ibm is a dying co. and they have
accelerated their demise by p*ssing away their money. In the
80's and early 90' they did it with early retirements.
they didnt have the courage to fire cause of ego. we
are big blue. we never terminate. 50 years from now
they will be as memorable as montgomery ward, pan am.
etc. they lived became big, grew old and died.
I have been watching your messages on this board
for a few months. Your knowledge of IBM is amazing
and most of the time on the money. You have mentioned
that you use to live in NY - Croton-On-Hudson area. I
have one question to ask and lets be honest. Are you a
former bmer that was "retired" by the company a few
years back? Only that could explain the hatred that
permeates your messages. It would be nice to read one of
your missives without the vitriolics. You have a lot
to add, unfortunately there is no impartiality.
the next big short is at&t. That pig is going
tell me my brother, did you like
fatima. Did she ring
her bells for you. Pull the
secret ring that i emailed
you about. It causes her
to have great pleasure. You must
treat her with
great kindness, because the smoe that had
before me treated her very badly.
go down 2-5 points within next day and a half.