IBM (International Business Machines) is a global technology and innovation company that stands for progress. With operations in over 170 countries, IBMers around the world invent and integrate hardware, software and services to help forward-thinking enterprises, institutions and people everywhere succeed in building a smarter planet.
IBM has been present in India since 1992. The diversity and breadth of the entire IBM portfolio of research, consulting, solutions, services, systems and software, uniquely distinguishes IBM India from other companies in the industry.IBM India's solutions and services span all major industries including financial services, healthcare, ...view middle of the document...
The company has shifted its business mix, exiting commoditized segments while increasing its presence in higher value areas such as services, software and integrated solutions. As part of this shift, the company has acquired 116 companies this past decade, complementing and scaling its portfolio of products and offerings.
IBM’s clear strategy has enabled steady results in core business areas, while expanding its offerings and addressable markets. The key tenets of this strategy are:
* Deliver value to enterprise clients through integrated business and IT innovation;
* Shift the business mix to higher-value areas; and
* Become the premier globally integrated enterprise
These priorities reflect a broad shift in client spending away from “point products’’ and toward integrated solutions, as companies seek higher levels of business value from their IT investments. IBM has been able to deliver this enhanced client value thanks to its industry expertise, understanding of clients’ businesses and the breadth and depth of the company’s capabilities.
Consistent with this strategy IBM is leveraging its capabilities to build and expand strong positions in targeted growth areas. IBM’s growth initiatives include Smarter Planet, Growth Markets, Business Analytics and Optimization, and Cloud Computing. Each initiative represents a significant growth opportunity with attractive profit margins for IBM.
Smarter Planet is an overarching strategy that highlights IBM’s differentiated capabilities and generates broad-based demand for the company’s products and services. Smarter Planet encapsulates IBM’s view of enterprise IT’s next major revolution: the instrumentation and integration of the world’s processes and infrastructures—from energy grids and pipelines to supply chains and traffic systems. The amount of data these systems can generate can now be captured and analyzed. This infusion of intelligence enables more efficiency, productivity and responsiveness.
The company has benefited from its investments over the past several years in growth markets. The focus now is on geographic expansion of IBM’s presence; on specific industry verticals of the highest impact and opportunity; on countries’ build-out of infrastructure aligned with their national agendas; and on creating markets and new business models to serve the different requirements that exist in these emerging countries.
In order to support this growth, IBM is continuing to invest significantly in these markets to expand capacity and develop talent. At the same time, IBM is expanding and benefiting from large teams of talent with global missions of delivery. The company continues to deepen its research and development (R&D) teams to design for the unique challenges and rapid growth facing these markets.
Business Analytics and Optimization
Business optimization through the application of analytics across the business has emerged as another major category...