IBM, which is trying to establish itself as a major cloud player, just suffered a setback. Although the FAA has been a long-term client of IBM, it was, to quote Julie Bort at BusinessInsider, "left out in the cold" in the deal which recently went down.
Amazon and Microsoft did a smackdown. In a $108-million contract with the FAA, the two, reports Bort:
" ... will consolidate the ... data centers, moving data to both Amazon's cloud Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's cloud, Azure."
IBM's traditional lines of business aren't where present or future profits are. If it cannot establish itself in new services like cloud computing, it could be in as much trouble as it had been in the early 1990s. That's when the company made the shocking move of cutting out its chief executive officer, John Akers. For the turnaround it parachuted in outsider, Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
There have been questions if the current top layer of leadership at IBM is in-touch enough with disruptive technology. Essentially they are from the Baby Boomers generation. Should IBM again parachute in an outsider? This time it would be a Millennial from Silicon Valley.