Download PDF by Paul Carroll: Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM

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By Paul Carroll

ISBN-10: 0517591979

ISBN-13: 9780517591970

Presents the interior tale of the increase and fall of IBM, delivering a devastating examine of company paperwork, loss of foresight, and decline.

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A savvy newsman's tellingly exact record at the ruinous decline of IBM. Drawing on a wealth of within assets, Wall highway magazine correspondent Carroll deals an unsparing account of a advertisement juggernaut whose button-down tradition, inflexible paperwork, and complacent executives stifled improvement initiatives which can have ensured its dominance of the worldwide laptop good into the twenty first century. In remarkably brief order, in-house deficiencies and inroads made by way of nimbler opponents (Apple, Compaq, Intel, etc.) have decreased an erstwhile pacesetter to the prestige of a crippled colossus struggling with for its very lifestyles in an more and more unforgiving industry. because the writer makes transparent, additionally, substantial Blue's downfall has triggered frequent ache and damage. as well as the commercial charges borne via brushed aside staff, host groups, providers, and traders, the USA may perhaps lose an important degree of its aggressive part in complicated applied sciences as a result of extensively decrease study budgets at IBM. The valuable advantage of Carroll's harsh reckoning is his chapter-and-verse solving of blame for mistakes that experience mixed to humble a once-mighty firm. between different concerns, he recounts how sizeable Blue (whose hierarchs stubbornly attempted to guard the company's flagship franchise in profitable yet obsolescent mainframes) fumbled possibilities to open insurmountable leads in own desktops, workstation software program, laser printers, microprocessor chips, and allied items for which call for has proved brisk. no matter if IBM's new stewards can plot a direction that may enable the debt-burdened leviathan regain something remotely similar to its former eminence, less profitability, continues to be a really open query for the writer. between different difficulties, he notes that layoffs and voluntary departures (spurred by way of appealing severance programs) haven't in simple terms lowered but in addition demoralized the on hand pool of technical, revenues, and administration expertise. Perceptive views on machine error of convulsive significance. --Kirkus affiliates, LP.

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Made by Apple, Tandy, Kaypro, and a host of other com panies— many no longer in existence— these machines had screens that contained just a few lines. The screens could produce only characters, not images. They were so slow that even typing could overpower the processor. ) At least as important, by going outside the company for the proces­ sor, most of the other chips, the floppy-disk drive, and even the op­ erating system— all of which were available to anyone who cared to buy BIG BLUES 37 them — Estridge had tapped into the industry’s need for a single stan­ dard.

Then he priced it at about six times the forty dollars that DOS cost, not having learned, as Microsoft had, that the way to go was a very low price that drove volume way up. ) W ith everything finally set to go for the announcem ent on August 12, 1981, Estridge gathered his core team together for dinner the night before in a M anhattan hotel. Everyone was nervous, even Estridge. That day, some of Estridge’s engineers discovered that dust could cre­ ate a short circuit that would shock anyone touching the PC and that it could wipe out the machine.

D on’t be afraid to ask me for a million dollars. Just tell me how you’re going to spend it,’ ” Sams says. W hat Sams and IBM didn’t yet understand was that Gates was already m uch more sophisticated about PC software pricing than IBM — the twenty-four-year-old had been in the business for years and had learned plenty on some small projects. Although Sams and IBM expected Gates to come in and ask them for a big fee up front, Gates planned to ask for a seemingly small royalty on each machine. In a crucial act of prudence, Gates also asked that IBM ’s license to use DOS be nonexclusive.

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