The best stories of the weekend are IBM buying Red Hat, and a dog that pretends to be a stray to get food outside a McDonald’s. Oh, and the Red Sox beat the Dodgers to win the World Series last night.
“But the cloud came along. And one of the most extraordinary things I've ever seen in business is when an unrelated type company — a retailer, you can call Amazon of that type, goes into another big industry and sees the future in it, gets into it, and then they gave — and Jeff Bezos would say this, he said it on the Charlie Rose show, some time ago — he got this amazing runway. I mean, the other players — here are all these 200 IQ people, you know, in that business, and they gave him year, after year, after year. It wasn't a secret of what he was doing. And he was, in an important way, revolutionizing the industry, and the other people sat on their hands, basically.”
~ Warren Buffett talking about Amazon and “the cloud” in this Morningstar article
Multiple sources, including AppleInsider.com, are reporting that Walmart plans to deploy 100,000 Mac computers to save on employee PC costs. From that article: “IBM noted that PC users drive twice the number of support calls compared to Mac users, and that PC support tickets require desk side support by IT personnel five times as often. The company's own analysis showed that each Mac deployed saves the company $270 in support costs compared to a Windows PC.”
IBM says the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Macs is lower than that of PCs. You can read more about it at MacRumors and other websites.
Wow, from this story on Bloomberg, IBM is paying more than $1.5B to get out of the chip business. For me this hits home because I remember that IBM thought the PowerPC chip would be a competitor to Intel’s chips back in the day.
As I get ready to release my new website on How I Sold My Business, I did some research on revenue per employee, specifically revenue per employee in the computer services industry.
As it turns out, there are all sorts of good information sites on the internet. Probably the most consistent source of information is the Fortune Magazine site, specifically these two links:
I've done it -- I cracked the code to the Pandora's Box known as ABLE, the Agent Building and Learning Environment from IBM. Their documentation makes it almost impossible to get started with ABLE, but now the code has been cracked. :) More details soon ...