Back to the Future for IBM and Gateway?
As The Mouser slipped out of a mind-numbing slide show about "On Demand" computing during IBM's event it dawned on him that the most striking characteristic of the new Big Blue is ... red.As The Mouser slipped out of a mind-numbing slide show about "On Demand" computing during IBMs event at the Museum of Natural History, in New York, he stared at the large war canoe by the entrance, and it dawned on him that the most striking characteristic of the new Big Blue is ... red. Sam Palmisano and sales sidekick Mike Lawrie took the stage at last weeks gathering sporting blood-red, "Dont mess with me" power ties. The Kitty felt a strong vibe that the IBMsters in the front row would soon chuck their goofy multilogo golf shirts and charge down Fifth Avenue to buy a tie redder than Samsplus a navy-blue, Eisenhower-era suit to complete the time warp. And El Gatos views of On Demand computing? "Guess its better than the last few years, which were basically the era of no-demand computing," mumbled Spencer, before wandering down to the Black Duck to mind-meld with his Belgian pal Stella Artois.
At the bar, a Katt crony whispered to Spencer that Lotus Domino may soon be a faded memory. IBMs Lotus Software division reportedly plans to change the Domino brand to the catchy WebSphere Collaborative Server as of the 7.0 release of Domino, expected in 2004. Lotus officials deny the report, saying no branding decision has been made yet. "When ya compare the two names, ya gotta admit Domino delivers," guffawed the Grimalkin as his companion politely smiled and quickly changed the subject.