IBMs Database Queen to Retire

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-07-19 Print this article Print

Janet Perna is retiring as general manager of data management solutions for the IBM Software Group.

After a tenure of 31 years during which she carved DB2 into a sharp Oracle competitor, Janet Perna is retiring as general manager of data management solutions for the IBM Software Group, an IBM spokesperson told on Tuesday. In August, Perna will turn over the reins to Ambuj Goyal, general manager of Workplace, Portal and Collaboration for IBMs Software Group.
She leaves IBM in good stead when it comes to databases. Gartners most recent analysis of the market for relational databases showed that IBM controlled 34.1 percent of the market—a slim margin over Oracle Corp., which held onto 33.7 percent of the overall market.
Pernas retirement comes a day after IBM, the worlds largest computer company, posted an earnings report that revealed a healthy growth of 6 percent in revenue, after discounting a 4 percent drop in revenue that included the sale of its PC business to Chinas Lenovo Group Ltd. Shares of IBM jumped 3 percent to $84.49 after the report. Perna is also leaving in the midst of an ongoing buying spree on behalf of the Software Group. On Tuesday, IBM announced that it plans to acquire PureEdge Solutions Inc., a privately held company based in Victoria, British Columbia. PureEdges technology will bring e-forms to IBMs Workplace portfolio, as well as to IBMs portfolio of On Demand software, through alignment with IBMs WebSphere and IBM Content Manager offerings. Click here to read an interview with Perna. Pernas departure comes amid other management shuffles: Top management at IBMs Global Services division has been changed to include Ginni Rometty, Mike Daniels and Bob Moffat, who will now head IBM Global Services, reporting to Chairman and CEO Samuel Palmisano, according to news reports. John Joyce, former head of Global Services, has left IBM to take a position at private equity investment firm Silver Lake Partners, according to news reports. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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