IBM Earnings Reflect Just How Difficult Transformation Really Is


The news came out this week that IBM had another bad quarterly report card. Unfortunately for IBM it marked the 10th straight quarter of falling revenue, indicating that maybe something’s not quite right at Big Blue. IBM’s earnings illustrate the challenge they face as they transform themselves into a cloud-centric company.

It could be that it will take some time for that transformation to bear fruit or it could be that it’s just harder for large companies like IBM to make big money in the cloud, a harsh lesson not just for IBM, but also for other big companies like HP, Red Hat, EMC and Cisco who are trying to make similar transformations.

IBM deserves a great deal of credit, however for simply getting to where they are today as they put their cloud business front center. In just a couple of years, they have put together a 3-tiered cloud strategy…

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