IBM's Mills Opens Up on Collaboration

Big Blue software bigwig Steve Mills discusses future profits, IBM's acquisition strategy, and the importance of an open format

Steve Mills joined IBM in 1974 as a sales trainee in New York City, rose into management by the mid-1980s, and became the executive in charge of IBM's software business in 2000. That business generated more than $18 billion in 2006 sales—about one-fifth of IBM's total—and contributed 40% of the company's profits. By 2010, IBM (IBM) expects half of its profit to come from software.

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