Big Blues: The Unmaking Of IBM [Paul Carroll] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With the PC’s introduction, IBM stood poised to extend its. Big Blues has 76 ratings and 5 reviews. Beth said: This book details the epic fail that is IBM from The word ‘epic’ is often abused nowadays b. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM | From the Publisher:”A savvy newsman’s tellingly detailed report on the ruinous decline .

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Tracing IBM’s every misstep, the author provides behind-the-scenes revelations and anecdotes about the computer industry. The result is one of the most instructive and important business stories of our time. Looks long and hard at the texture of decline inside the greatest corporation in the world. Learn more click to open popover Customers who viewed this item also viewed Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 This shopping feature will continue to load items.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. For anyone interested in IBM’s recent history, this is an excellent account.

It shows how IBM failed to adapt to the effects of new technology in the ‘s. Lou was ruthless and greedy, but his formula for centralization saved the company for the time being.


In the process, workers were exploited to some extent and security disappeared from their lives. I wonder how long this solution will continue to work. I think that an organization that disregards its workers’ needs is vulnerable.

At least two possibilities exist: The conflict between haves and have-nots damages the business. One person found this helpful. Entertaining look at early personal computer days. Also recommend “Jobs Vs. This was a gift for my neice’s husband. As far as I know he likes it very much and is reading it right now. Could use an update though. If you love the tech industry, especially tales of the “golden age” of PCs in the s, you will love this book.

If you manage a company tech or not that has a commanding market share lead in its space, you should read this book. This is practically a manual for what not to do when you are a big company in control of a market.

Business moves so fast that you won’t be able to keep them and still be competitive 3 Less is always more when it comes to personnel Most corporations are hopelessly bloated with people, and this fact alone slows the decision-making process I’m reading “Who says elephants can’t dance” next to see how Gerstner fixes the problems. Perhaps there could be an update to this book that covers the Gerstner turnaround era and includes a bit of the Palmisano years?

This very readable book is the model that Gerstner should have followed. Elephants can do heavy towing, or push aside obstacles; they can’t pirouette en pointe. This book is the viewpoint of IBM by an outside journalist.

It lacks a table of contents. The book describes the problems, it does not tell when or why it originated. Page 20 says IBM developed “a lush bureaucracy that prided itself on having a higher ratio of managers per employee than any other business around. IBM’s chairmen came from the sales force; if you can’t sell it, there’s no point in making it.

Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM

The IBM PC was created from off-the-shelf parts so it could be quickly marketed; pre-defined interfaces too! Page 24 tells how Microsoft did an operating system: It eventually made Gates the richest man in America. Page 27 tells of the management problem in creating software.

Architects spent months producing detailed designs for software. Then masses of programmers had a hard time deciphering the hundreds of pages of specifications. More time was spent in communicating than actually writing code!

Isn’t this a recipe bif a project to be over budget and behind schedule? Estridge’s habit of shunning meetings, not returning phone call, and ignoring unwanted advice could set an example of a well-ordered project manager who concentrates on the mission, not the housekeeping.


Page 37 explains why standards for PCs began at birth. Page 53 mentions the “fear of nuclear attack” as the reason for moving out of New York city.

But other companies also moved out in the s; the fear of a nuclear attack drained away after the Cuban Missile Crisis of Didn’t IBM build a skyscraper in the s only to sell it in the s?

Page 87 tells how Gates got lucky when VisiCorp began to self-destruct. Those familiar with counter-intelligence operations may think of another reason p. Page 97 says IBM never wanted to have too many people in one spot.

Unstated here is the fear that im all could walk out to a new company p. Microsoft rewrote IBM code to make it faster and smaller, then; how are they doing now? There is no explanation as to why they didn’t share the same application interface. Page describes the chip development problem in Burlington VT.

Page mentions the “golden screwdriver” and how quickly some machines were upgraded.

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Would General Motors restrict the sale of Chevrolets to sell more Cadillacs? Page suggests Microsoft moles reported on IBM’s strategies.

Pages tell of the changes in Lexington under new owners. In political history, this is like a revolution that sweeps away the aristocracy and lets knmaking farmers and merchants rise to power.

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