IBM will not use Windows Vista

Andreas Pleschek also told that IBM has cancelled their contract with Microsoft as of October this year. That means that IBM will not use Windows Vista for their desktops. Beginning from July, IBM employees will begin using IBM Workplace on their new, Red Hat-based platform. Not all at once – some will keep using their present Windows versions for a while. But none will upgrade to Vista.

I’ve no idea if this is true or not, but I’ve seen the Linux Client that we use and it looks fine. [via]
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This comment on Scoble’s site made me laugh.

My roommate graduated 3 years ago…He’s worked at two tech companies including IBM… He doesn’t even know what RSS is.

I don’t want to shatter peoples perceptions but there are people in IBM that don’t now what Wiki’s, podcasting, videocasting or even gmail is. Just becuase they work at IBM doesn’t make each of the 300,000 people a tech guru.

But I would say the awareness of such things is a damn sight higher than that of you’re average company though.

There’s a huge internal community of bloggers, forums and mailing lists within IBM covering a huge diverse range of topics. That community within IBM is what I think of as the big blue community, where the combined knowledge makes a real difference and it’s special to be part of it.
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More Homework

This book got recommended to me the other day. I just ‘one-click’ ordered it from Amazon. My reading list is way out of control right now. I really don’t like carting heavy hardbacks around on planes and trains as that’s often the only time I get to read. Scott also enjoyed reading the book too.

I’ve been enjoying reading The World Is Flat, a refreshing look at outsourcing and its effect on our now global economy. If you are at all interested in business and technology, I recommend you read it.

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The Year’s 10 Best Intranets

IBM’s intranet — known inside the company as the “w3 On Demand Workplace,” — has been selected as one of “The Year’s 10 Best Intranets” by the Nielsen Norman Group, a user experience research firm that advises companies on human-centered product and service design. IBM is the only information technology company recognized in this year’s report. [via]

It’s a pretty cool tool, that I use every day without fail. There is blog’s, wiki’s early adopter schemes all sorts of stuff…very cool.

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Sarin’s outsourcing plan to save Vodafone £300m

VODAFONE is considering a large technology-outsourcing deal that could save the mobile-phone company £300m a year. According to industry sources, IBM is the favourite to win a contract that could take in billing, software development and customer-relationship management.

I know we’re competing for this, can’t say anymore than that (ie. what you already know) [via]

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IBM holds off on pension decision

This was interesting all Managers where invited to two hotels, one in London and one in Manchester for a Pensions meeting. Somebody tipped the press off and when the managers turned up, there was press everywhere.

Computer giant IBM is continuing to hold talks with employees about changes to its UK pension scheme.

The announcement comes amid speculation it is set to close its final salary pension scheme to existing members.

IBM said it has not yet made a final decision and is still discussing any changes with staff. [via]

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