Services Science, Engineering and Management Conference, at IBM Palisades, October 6-7

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Val Rahmani, General Manager, Infrastructure Management Services, "Injecting Science into the Art of Services: A Perspective from IBM Global Technology Services" 

Have been in IBM hardware, moved to services in March

Could use help in research

Have come from a product mentality

IBM has products and services, but how do we put them together

  • Services are 50% of revenue, but less than 50% of profits

CEO Study, with CIO implications

  • Innovation starts at the top
  • Innovation isn't just products and services, it's business model innovation
  • Collaboration is more important, need to be both internal and external
  • Gap between 80% knowing what we need to do, and 20% saying that the they know how to do it

Partners and customers edge out employees for ideas

  • R&D is #5

IT services market is changing

  • Used to think we could sell standalone services, now want integrated solutions
    • Customer doesn't want to be beta tester, integration by FedEx (meaning assembled when it arrives)
  • Not full-scope outsourncing, now want selective out-tasking (e.g. call centre, payroll, security, etc.) so that I can see real value and doesn't lock me to one supplier
  • From customized offerings (where they pay extra) to standardized services
    • e.g. 17-1/2 windows cost $2500, 18" windows cost $200
  • Local labour goes to global delivery (which may mean make whole services into a process)
  • Labour-based models, moved to asset-based models (meaning anything repeatable and scalable, e.g. methods, software)

GTS Strategy:

  • Globalize: traditionally, have had local teams working with person power
    • When make them assets, the people will have less power
  • Simplify: Don't have the skills, make a simple set of steamlined portfolio
  • Standardize
  • Automate: If can't standardize, automate
  • Have put some work in India right beside Research Labs

Can services be more like products?  Business Week Online

Ten Service Product Lines cover all of our IT services:

  • IT Strategy and Architecture: middle-skilled consultant with better tools
  • ....

Most interesting places for security services

  • Biggest cost in security is people, particularly doing stuff that could be automated

Similar approach in server services


Missing link is not in innovation, but whether it's easy to use?

  • Yes

Don't automate me, informate me.

Privacy.  Have non-technologists involved in planning

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