The planned acquisition of Truven, announced Thursday morning, is the fourth company IBM has purchased since it created the Watson Health unit last April, bringing the total spent to more than $4 billion. ...
The Watson Health business, IBM said, now has health-related data on “approximately 300 million patient lives,” mostly in the United States. The goal is to run the patient data through Watson’s artificial intelligence software, so that it works as a specialized digital assistant to physicians and health administrators to improve care and curb costs.
Watson Health is the first industry-focused unit IBM has set up to try to build the artificial intelligence technology, renowned for beating human champions in the quiz show “Jeopardy!” five years ago, into a large, profitable business.
The sizable Truven purchase is further evidence that IBM’s management, led by Virginia M. Rometty, the company’s chief executive, intends to press ahead with that plan despite declining revenue and disappointing profits.
Pros: Decent benefits (although not what they once were). Some of my colleagues were great and I have friends at IBM. Good work/life balance.
Advice to Management: You created this mess with the EPS roadmaps.
Pros: Work from home option, flexible.
Cons: IBM does cost cutting like anything in India. If you travel to other IBM locations worldwide you can see that it has invested so much. But when it comes to India they do lots of cost cutting.
Overall thanks to the higher management in IBM, India they have made it one of the worst companies ever.
Advice to Management: IBM, India higher management is pathetic; only knows how to do cost cutting
Pros: Great salary, benefits, *initial training. Work with a lot of very smart and talented people. Lots of flexibility to move to different parts of the company. Very progressive in letting employees work from home.
Cons: Not much of a standardized sales process. If you struggle with ambiguity or lack of direction then it most likely not the place for you. Once you're out of training, it's sink or swim and as an outside rep you do not get a lot of additional support. Keep in mind IBM is a big company with a sales force of 7,000 strong with 5/6 different business units, so this is not true of the every part of the company just my experience within the business unit I worked in.
Advice to Management: Have a more set career trajectory for entry level sales people.
Pros: Opportunity to work from home made it very flexible. Hours worked were flexible. The people i worked with were great, the reason why I stayed for so long was because of the people.
Cons: No resources on projects. I spent most of my time finding new excuses to stall the project so that the clients would not find out that we didn't have any resources on our side. Too many processes we had to go through to get simple things done. Too much office politics from execs and senior management trying to assert their authority and status. They have no clue on what is actually happening on projects yet continue to question your choices every step of the way or refuse to listen to any advice provided by subject matter experts.
Extreme cost cutting has led to almost quarterly redundancies, limited number of desks on each floor, no stationary and no tea or coffee.When you join they will provide you with a laptop, however you will have to provide your peripherals (laptop bag, mouse, keyboard, monitors). Training is all online with outdated and dry material. If you want proper classroom training for accredited courses you will need to fund it yourself externally. There are opportunities to attend instructor led classes, however the funding will almost never get approved (you will have more chance in winning the lottery).
Advice to Management: Learn to look after and invest in your employees. Promote a fun, innovative and collaborative workplace.
Cons: We'll wait to see how well managers can incorporate this. Any performance review and coaching system is only as good as the managers who implement it. But the basics are all there for them to use.
Advice to Management: Keep up the design, feedback, adjust, and adapt methodology.
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