IBM Scores with Software in Second Quarter

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2006-07-18 Print this article Print

The company reports strong software revenue, but says its results in hardware and services lag.

Led by strong software sales, particularly in Tivoli and WebSphere products, IBM posted solid second-quarter results that met earnings targets. Earnings were $1.30 per share, compared with $1.14 per share in the year-earlier second quarter, an increase of 14 percent. Second-quarter profit was $2 billion, compared with $1.9 billion in the second quarter of 2005, an increase of 9 percent. Without non-recurring items of 2005, the gain was 11 percent. Total revenues for the quarter were $21.9 billion. Services and hardware continued to be question marks, however.
"Hardware and services didnt perform to our expectations," said IBM Chief Financial Officer Mark Loughridge in the companys quarterly earnings call.
Loughridge said IBM, based in Armonk, N.Y., is looking at plenty of services-contract opportunities in the third quarter, but the company will "have to execute" to realize that potential. Click here to read about where IBM stands in the global storage services market. Hardware results were hampered by IBM having fallen behind in shipments, in part due to a new hazardous materials law in Europe. IBM Global Services, despite a major reorganization in 2005, still has not turned the corner with robust performance, he noted. "The problem IBM Global Services has is its size," he said, suggesting the unit needs to be split into smaller divisions. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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