Mar 30, 2009

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?

I am reading the book "Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? (Nikkei, 2002, Japanese translation)" so late. The book is written by Louis Gerstner assuming IBM CEO from a non-IT company in 1993, brought dramatic success to terrible IBM and left IBM in spring of 2002.
I passed intentionally such a book during an IBM employee because it was too close to enjoy for me. Instead of reading, I always imagined some scene of Dumbo from the title. Now I know that this must be a rich and excellent book.

According to the book, Scott McNealy, CEO, Sun Microsystems frankly said to some journalist that they should select a dull person for a new IBM CEO whoever assumed a CEO when the selection board looked for an IBM CEO.

Anyway, Gerstner revived IBM. And relative to HPC, IBM shipped the first scalable parallel system SP1 in 1993 and ignited a fuse of coming HPC prosperity of IBM, led by Irving Wladawsky-Berger.

In March, 2009, just after sixteen years, WSJ showed a rumor about acquisition proposal of Sun Microsystems to both HP and IBM.

Gerstner clearly said that he never bought companies that did not contribute profit but revenue in the book. Hence, we may imagine Gerstner's attitude about the rumor a little bit if he were the CEO.
Now we hold our breath expecting conclusion by Samuel Palmisano whom Louis Gerstner appointed to his successor (if the WSJ's rumor is true.)

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