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IBM Announces Massive SOA / Web Services Initiative

Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Software Group, Heads Up IBM Frontal Assault on SOA

IBM is embracing SOA...in a bear hug. In a teleconference today fronted by Steve Mills (pictured), Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Software Group and the General Manager of WebSphere, Robert LeBlanc, it was manifestly apparent that the company – which considers itself the world's leading provider of technologies that support Business Integration and Business Process Integration – is not looking over its shoulder, not at Oracle nor anyone else. And IBM Global Services turns out to be the secret ingredient of Blue's software portfolio "realignment."

The call was intended to be the public "coming out" of IBM's massive new Software & Services "double whammy" and it certainly lived up to all expectations. Never before had so many new pieces of the enterprise software jigsaw been presented by one company at one and the same time. The participating journalists may have tripped over some of the many new product names like "WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus" and "WebSphere Process Server," but not Mills and LeBlanc.

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Steve Mills was appointed Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Software, in July 2000. In this capacity, he is responsible for shaping IBM's overall software strategy and directing IBM's $14 billion software business.

IBM's industry-leading middleware products power the e-business infrastructures of virtually every mid- to large-size company in the world, and IBM holds the number one or two position in marketshare in all major software markets in which it competes according to industry analysts.

 Today, Mr. Mills is leading the next phase of IBM's software strategy, through which IBM is delivering industry-specific middleware solutions to customers in 12 key industries. This includes the development and marketing of new industry-specific offerings as well as aligning IBM's software salesforce (the world's largest direct sales and support team, with more than 13,000 people) along technical and industry lines. In addition, Mr. Mills is leading a series of programs for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to help them deliver industry-vertical applications running on IBM's middleware.

Mr. Mills has played a leading role in the growth of IBM Software Group since its inception in 1995. He was General Manager of IBM Software Group Strategy and Solutions, responsible for IBM's strategy for middleware and software solutions for e-business, as well as managing business units for Business Intelligence Solutions, Pervasive Computing, e-Commerce Solutions, and Solution Technologies

He joined the Programming Systems line of business in 1989 as Programming Systems Director of Operations. He was named Assistant General Manager, Finance and Planning, for that organization in December 1990, and in December 1992 became General Manager of the division's Santa Teresa Laboratory. In 1993 he became General Manager of IBM's Software Solutions Division.

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