IBM has taken a deserved share of flak over the years on a variety of fronts; for trying to be too much to too many (sometimes overbundling products and services); for buying many more vendors and products than it could develop or orchestrate; for denying it was a software company even for years after it bought Lotus; for shuffling employees who've met new faces many times at the company. ("I've Been Moved" was one alternate definition of the name for many years.) 

I personally know people working in various parts of IBM who've arrived at different times from different places and all seem pretty confident in their corporate backbone. I would be too, listening to the way they send a message from the top.

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