Tom Foremski talks to IBM chief strategist Irving Wladawsky-Berger:
“Companies want to buy a business process, they don’t want to buy applications,” Irving explains.
This is also the reason why IBM is not in the applications business and has no plans to acquire a big apps company such as SAP, as some of the leading Silicon Valley analysts (Ray Lane) seem to think it should.
“We don’t need to be in the apps business because we can get the apps from others. We pull together the right apps, and the other software and hardware components to create automated, highly optimized business process modules.”
But to become a business process vendor requires the adoption of many industry standards within many different industries–a long, slow process. “Once we have the standards in place, such as agreement on document formats and many other categories, we will then have the building blocks that we can use to build the business process modules.”