Linked by David Adams on Wed 16th Apr 2008 15:33 UTC, submitted by Hakime
Apple As further evidence of the growing interest in Macs among enterprise customers, IBM's Research Information Services launched an internal pilot program designed to study the possibility of moving significant numbers of employees to the Mac platform. The study has already found an enthusiastic response from participants and is helping to drive Mac support for IBM's business applications.
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But shurely...
by hhas on Wed 16th Apr 2008 17:13 UTC
hhas
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2006-11-28

Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM?

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RE: But shurely...
by concurrentcoder on Wed 16th Apr 2008 19:25 in reply to "But shurely..."
concurrentcoder Member since:
2008-04-16

I was, sort of. I worked from a USA office of IBM. They wanted me to move to Research Triangle Park, and unfortunately my wife was not able to transfer her government job (which is usually far more secure than IT, so I had to leave IBM). They offered me a good deal and even let me stay on and work from home for a few months, so I can't really fault them for what is just unfortunate circumstance. They are a good company to work for as large companies go. There are some bitter folks who work for them and have worked for them (particularly pensioners), but I was not subject to that but they seem to have some legit beefs. The biggest negative I had working for IBM for a number of years and this is true for any large company is that there are too many non-technical managers and not enough folks with the proper technical skill sets relative to the number who do have them. I noticed a survey of German VS American managers and virtually all the Germans ones came with engineering degrees (most never heard of an MBA or saw little use unless you were actually running the company and making large business decisions relative to the size of the company) VS most American management (over 50%) in IT having no technical education or engineering background and having business type degrees. I always sort of felt like I was working for the post office while there. For example I have known contract workers who had been on full time contract pay from home for 10+ years and no one could really explain what they do besides some menial document editing. It feels like working for the government, which may or may not qualify it as the great satan depending on your outlook!

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RE: But shurely...
by concurrentcoder on Wed 16th Apr 2008 19:26 in reply to "But shurely..."
concurrentcoder Member since:
2008-04-16

I was, sort of. I worked from a USA office of IBM. They wanted me to move to Research Triangle Park, and unfortunately my wife was not able to transfer her government job (which is usually far more secure than IT, so I had to leave IBM). They offered me a good deal and even let me stay on and work from home for a few months, so I can't really fault them for what is just unfortunate circumstance. They are a good company to work for as large companies go. There are some bitter folks who work for them and have worked for them (particularly pensioners), but I was not subject to that but they seem to have some legit beefs. The biggest negative I had working for IBM for a number of years and this is true for any large company is that there are too many non-technical managers and not enough folks with the proper technical skill sets relative to the number who do have them. I noticed a survey of German VS American managers and virtually all the Germans ones came with engineering degrees (most never heard of an MBA or saw little use unless you were actually running the company and making large business decisions relative to the size of the company) VS most American management (over 50%) in IT having no technical education or engineering background and having business type degrees. I always sort of felt like I was working for the post office while there. For example I have known contract workers who had been on full time contract pay from home for 10+ years and no one could really explain what they do besides some menial document editing. It feels like working for the government, which may or may not qualify it as the great satan depending on your outlook!

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