IBM, throughout its 109-year history, hasn’t often led technology trends. But it has adapted and eventually prospered time and again.
It is trying to go the adaptation route once again.
IBM on Thursday acknowledged the challenge and embraced the opportunity for the company in the accelerating shift to cloud computing. The company said it was spinning off its legacy technology services business to focus on cloud computing and artificial intelligence.
Arvind Krishna, who became chief executive this year, called the move “a landmark day” for IBM, “redefining the company.”
The split-up strategy reflects how decisively computing has shifted to the cloud. Today, nearly all new software is being created as a cloud service, delivered over the internet from remote data centers. The computing model affords corporate customers more flexibility and cost savings, sold as a pay-for-use service or annual subscriptions.
IBM was late to the cloud market, which Amazon pioneered