Reference Checks

By Joshua Weinberger  |  Posted 2003-02-13 Print this article Print

Dossier: Big Blue may not have been first to the penguin party, but IGS has worked hard to be a good Linux citizen despite its corporate pedigree.

Reference Checks

Executives listed here are all users of IBM Global Services' offerings. Their willingness to talk has been confirmed by Baseline.

Grede Foundries
Thomas Brockman
Technical Support Manager
Project: Purchased IBM's Integrated Facility for Linux to provide an additional processor for Linux on its IBM Multiprise 3000 mainframe. Despite being both an IBM Linux customer and a client of IBM Global Services (IGS), the company opted not to enter an IGS service contract for Linux.

HON Industries
Malcolm Fields
(563) 264-7076
Project: Furniture maker has a full-service contract with IBM Global Services, and is in the process of reducing its 50 HP Unix servers to perhaps a single one by the end of this year.

Mercury Insurance Group
Greg Schueman
(714) 671-6752
Project: Used IGS to build custom kernels that helped the California company coordinate the operations of 2,600 agents and brokers.

Mobil Travel Guide
Paul Mercurio
Senior VP, CIO
(847) 795-6721
Project: The guidebook and e-business travel company implemented Linux Virtual Services enterprise-wide in 2002, replacing a Windows-based server with an IBM zSeries running its database and other applications.

PGA Tour
Steve Evans
VP, Information Systems
(904) 273-3287
Project: Longtime IBM partner (and Linux user) used an IGS team to build its ShotLink system, and, later, retained IGS to develop its TourCast real-time data operation on Linux Virtual Services. Maintains an annual IGS services contract.

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After being on staff at The New Yorker for five years, Josh later traveled the world, hitting all seven continents in a single year. At Yale University, he majored in American Studies, English, and Theatre Studies.


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