130 Reasons Why Software Rules at IBM
by Darryl K. Taft
2IBM – The Software Company
IBM is the world’s second-largest software company by revenue with $22 billion in revenue last year.
3IBM Reaps Big Profits from Software
Software accounted for more than 42 percent of IBM’s profits last year.
4IBM – The King of Middleware
IBM is the market leader in middleware products, according to Forrester Research.
5The IBM Software Army
IBM Software Group has 50,000 employees.
6More than 25,000 Developers and Counting
IBM Software Group has 25,000 software developers building and maintaining IBM’s software portfolio.
7The Software Marketing Team
IBM Software Group employs more than 15,000 sales employees to get its software out to the market.
8Aligning Software Solutions with Middleware
Early in 2010 IBM created two umbrella organizations: IBM Software Solutions Group and IBM Software Middleware Group, to align its industry and analytics growth plays.
9Smarter Planet Strategy Built on Software
IBM Software Group is essential to the company’s Smarter Planet strategy, particularly the Tivoli brand, which helps manage complex systems that characterize “Smart” environments.
10Smarter Planet Automates Global Infrastructures
Smarter Planet is about modernizing and automating the world’s physical infrastructures—from railroads to water management, to food traceability and health-care modernization.
11IBMs Software Shopping Spree
Since 2000, IBM has acquired nearly 100 companies, including more than 60 in the software space such as Cognos, Filenet, Telelogic, Micromuse and MRO Software.
12IBM Software Follows the Money
IBM is investing in high-growth markets such as the business integration software market, which IDC estimates will grow nearly 15 percent annually over the next few years to reach $3 billion by 2013.
13The Analytics Business Opportunity
IBM has invested significantly in its business analytics offerings by acquiring companies such as SPSS. The business analytics market is estimated to be a $100 billion opportunity, growing at 8 percent annually, analysts say.
14Tivoli a Leader in Asset Management
IBM has proven asset management technology in its Tivoli software, and IDC estimates that asset management solutions represent a $122 billion IT opportunity today.
15The WebSphere Transaction Pipeline
At least $5 trillion worth of application investments currently reside on IBM systems and software, and nearly 80 percent of all transactions pass through IBM’s WebSphere software, IBM says.
16IBM Built Big Business on SOA
IBM is the market leader in SOA (service oriented architecture) with more than 8,000 customers and more than 53 percent of the SOA market, according to analyst firm Wintergreen.
17IBM Tops BPMS Market
IBM is ranked No. 1 in the BPMS (business process management systems) market, according to both Gartner and Forrester.
18IBMs Rational Tools Keep Developers Happy
IBM’s Rational tools suite took first place in the 2009 Evans Data Software Development Platform User Satisfaction survey.
19IBM Leads in Application Integration
IBM is No. 1 in application integration market share, according to Gartner.
20Another IBM Cash Cow – IT Operations Software
IBM is No. 1 in IT operations software based on total revenue, according to Gartner.
21Software Profits Nearly Triple in 10 Years
IBM Software Group profit has grown from $2.8 billion in 2000 to $8 billion in 2009.
22IBM Invests Billions in Research
In 2009, IBM invested nearly $6 billion in research and development and IBM’s Software Group draws heavily from IBM Research for innovations.Photo: Dr. John E. Kelly III, senior vice president and director of IBM Research
23IBM Tops in Patent Filings
For the 17th year in a row, IBM led all companies in U.S. patents with more than 4,900 in 2009. A significant number of those patents were for software.
24IBM Invests $10 Billion in Business Analytics
Since 2005, IBM has invested $10 million in its business analytics push, including 14 acquisitions.
25Project Vulcan Makes Inroads on Collaboration Systems
IBM is making inroads in the collaboration software space. IBM says its Lotus division’s Project Vulcan is the first expression of the advanced properties needed to create next-generation collaboration systems. IBM Project Vulcan is designed to exploit the convergence of cloud and on-premise systems; collaborative services business applications and social networks; and desktops, netbooks and mobile devices. The capabilities of IBM Project Vulcan will be delivered in future releases of products such as LotusLive, Lotus Notes and Domino, Lotus Connections, Quickr and WebSphere Portal.