It has been one glorious month since my mandatory "retirement" from IBM ... it seems like a few days though. Revelations on my future?? Not so much, other than just to live a lot more free than the existence that being an IBM employee had become. While you are there, it is impossible to calculate how much of your mental space and life force is locked in servitude.
I've mostly kept up with Cringely for a long time -- He is the guy behind http://www.pbs.org/nerds/
he has a lot of connections and is usually a reasoned and worthy read. Is he right this time? Unfortunately it certainly seems so.
I really don't think there is anything in here of any real news for those of us currently or recently at IBM. Can the company keep paying some of our retirement after 2015? Bob isn't super clear on that ... Oracle is after all profitable -- but it is not a pretty outlook for IBM as a place to work.
Part 1: A Terminal Diagnosis of IBM
Part 2: IBM As Off Shoring Middleware
Part 3: Silver Bullets of the Day at IBM
Part 4: Showing the emperor's nakedness
Part 5: Bob interacts with the IBM of Mythology in his youth
Conclusion: 2015 IBM As Oracle