Well, Irving usually does… step forward Mr Wladawsky-Berger.
What do i really like about Irving’s fourth blog post? Well for one thing it shows good blogging form by linking to someone else. He calls someone else out, rather than trying to show how smart he is or how great IBM’s products are.
That someone is John Patrick – I met him over dinner recently at an IBM event, and must say he is a great salesman for the Opera browser (he’s on the board). i don’t agree with his autistic economics (the dude things Bush is doing a good job with the economy? I myself prefer Mogambo economics) but i have to admire John’s track record. Anyone that Lou Gerstner took advice from has to be pretty damn smart… and the advice as we now know it was the right advice. Get Open, get e-business.
So John didn’t convince Irving of the importance of blogging? I have to say it surprised me a little that Irving didn’t see the power of blogs when John first mentioned them. The guy seems to see tech revolutions like noone else. I first met Irving in 1995 in Austin when he was pitching the power of the IBM crossbar switch in the AIX SP2 for high performance, lower cost, datawarehousing. I say lower cost because SP2 wasn’t exactly cheap. It was however, a revolutionary archietcture that took Unix into some high performance environments that had previously been the province of pure proprietary solutions. Every time i see a scale out pitch from a systems vendor these days i remember that architecture. From there Irving flitted from great place to great place. Watching Irving’s career progression is like watching the future of IBM. Every place he has touched is now a growth business. Internet – Irving. Autonomic – Irving. And on and on. A smart VC could track Irving and just invest in the areas where he alights. Irving Wladawsky Berger is Zelig (without the psychiatric problems obviously, what i mean is that if the history of IBM Software in the 1995-2005 timeframe was filmed, Irving would be in all the important scenes…)
This morning Bill Higgins congratulated Don Ferguson and Grady Booch for becoming IBM Fellows. Congrats guys. I must admit i misunderstood his point and posted what now seem a slightly daft comment. I thought Bill meant we should be greatful these guys were blogging because they are IBM fellows. Of course that wasn’t what he meant at all. What Bill obviously meant was that developerworks blogs is lucky to have such solid guys on point, not that we should all be grateful for them to be aboard…
On that note though, i must admit i went to Don Ferguson’s blog and i really like its brevity. Pin point, very human posts. I am not such a great link blogger because i am a rambler through the wilds and flower gardens like Koranteng, but they do have value… I call it thlinking. Seems like Don’s MO: