Can the IBM reinvent itself?

During this weeks Lecture, Ted describes the movement between a star shaped network to a distributed one, with the examples of the IBM and Google. What can be understood is that the IBM, a company paid for information processing has been overtaken by the internet, or a distributed network such as google.

With the recent Census scare, many have been pointing their fingers at the IBM. The IBM have been made to make quite a number of huge mistakes over the past years. As a company struggling to reinvent itself and compete with ‘us,’ the products of google it has designed a ‘cognitive computing’ cloud.

Arvind Krishna the president from IBM, recalls on the 5 technological revolutions, and states we need another, hence the cognitive computing. A design they believe will change the way we are processing information. putting them back in the game. Please check it out. Its really interesting stuff. (If you don’t have time fast forward to 8:20 in the above video).

Explored this week is the idea that we as ‘products,’ that are part of a distributed network, are changing the way in which information is processed. Million dollar companies such as the IBM are forced to reinvent their business or otherwise lose their jobs. Pointing out that we have a lot more power online than what many realise. That the value from our labour online, is extremely problematic for companies who have specialised and spent years being paid for processing information, something that we are feeding google for free.

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Also had an interesting chat to Ted and Doug regarding how the census site many work with the use of p2p cryptocurrencies:

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7 thoughts on “Can the IBM reinvent itself?

  1. Hi Jade

    Your example in this post is really powerful. The transition to a decentralized, distributed knowledge economy is so dramatic as a giant as IBM is suffering because their old system does not fit the new era. You also pointed out a really interesting and surprising fact that we are performing what earns Google heaps of money for free. We, as you said, are more powerful online that we think and it is just we have not had the degree yet to be employed by Google huh ?
    My only recommendation is that maybe you should reference some details from the weekly readings as there are also some lines unpacking how we are engaging in Google’s business.
    And your idea around Census is great, they have 5 more years to work on it 😉

    Great work. Keep it up !

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  2. Hey there, I think the word your looking for instead of “star shaped network” is “centralised network”. I really liked your example here and the video fitted in with your blog post very well! At the top of your blog post I noticed you did a lot of referencing, however this then started to die off after the video, I would like to know where you got your information from, I know the paragraph spoke about the video but maybe even find another link to really have your work solid.
    On another note I know we only used IBM as an example in the lecture but maybe try and find a different company that has the same kind of goals and values to improve your study and understanding (not that its not already great as it is) I found a website that I think may be able to help with this: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-companies-that-are-similar-to-IBM-ISL-India-Software-Labs
    Great blog post, I cant wait to read more!

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  3. Your post was really good and I like how you were able to take a recent event and work it onto this weeks topic. With your example it really outlined the problem of having those types of networks where one party is in control. Like we saw with the Census, if that one component fails to do its job then every node that is an extension of that component is unable to function properly. In the modern day, with technology being something we rely upon so heavily, it kind of seems stupid to have it all come back to one component that is in full control.

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  4. Hey great blog !I found that the example you used reiterated what you were explaining great!So crazy to think how far technology has come and how rapidly online labouring is coming into demand. Its so bizarre to think that IBM is on struggle street because the system doesn’t seem to fit the credentials nowadays..

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  5. This was a really interesting example of the shifts from centralized to distributed networks. IBM has a huge challenge of trying to compete with the internet, however, I believe that if they do reach that level they may have an upper hand. The fact that anyone can jump online and say something brings into question the reliability of the information produced (they always say, don’t trust what you read on the internet). If IBM is able to reach a distributed network it may have more leverage in reliability due to it being a big company (not that they can’t lie too).

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  6. This was a really interesting example of the shifts from centralized to distributed networks. IBM has a huge challenge of trying to compete with the internet, however, I believe that if they do reach that level they may have an upper hand. The fact that anyone can jump online and say something brings into question the reliability of the information produced (they always say, don’t trust what you read on the internet). If IBM is able to reach a distributed network it may have more leverage in reliability due to it being a big company (not that they can’t lie too)

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