I spent the last week on an island.
But, thanks very much, I didn’t get there via Oceanic Flight 815.
In fact, as I wandered around the outer Bahamian island of Eleuthera, taking in some scuba diving and lots of conch fritters, Jack, Kate, Sawyer and the gang were the furthest thing from my mind.
But after arriving home safely in Austin from the real world islands, I discovered along with everybody else what ultimately was the fate for those in the virtual island that was inhabited in the six-year running TV show, “Lost.”
Worry not, you’ll not need a spoiler alert here, as I don’t have the time nor inclination to go into all the details (and I’m not sure I could accurately navigate the maze that was that TV show if I wanted).
I will say I was most satisfied with the ending.
It seemed fitting for its characters and the wonderful world that producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse had created, and yet left enough other questions unanswered to keep Lost fanboys guessing for years.
My vacation seemed like its own Lost episode or two, with a week seeming to stretch into a temporal realm that felt much, much longer. Always a good sign of a well-spent vacation, methinks.
And it seemed like a heck of a week to have missed in the working world. I’m sure much of the business news escaped my island solitude, but I did get a CNN sound byte the day of the falling stock market.
This week, however, seems off to a more promising start, and IBM is right there in the mix.
This morning, IBM announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sterling Commerce from AT&T for approximately $1.4B in cash.
The acquisition of the Dublin, OH-based company will expand IBM’s ability to help organizations create more intelligent and dynamic business networks by simplifying and automating the way they connect and communicate with customers, partners and suppliers both on-premise or through cloud computing delivery models.
Today, more than 18,000 global customers use Sterling Commerce offerings. The company enables more than 1 billion business interactions a year for clients in the financial services, retail, manufacturing, communications and distribution industries.
IBM sees these interactions growing dramatically due to the proliferation of electronic business transactions, from banks exchanging transaction data and manufacturers sourcing raw materials electronically, to retailers automating stock replenishment and managing orders online.
Such intelligent transactions, and the software that supports them, help deliver the agility businesses need to be successful.
Sterling Commerce offerings strongly complement IBM’s middleware portfolio.
By acquiring Sterling Commerce technology and its large trading partner network, IBM anticipates it will be able to deliver powerful new cross-channel solutions to its clients.
In addition, Sterling Commerce technology will complement IBM’s industry-focused software offerings, enabling the addition of capabilities to IBM’s frameworks supporting the retail, manufacturing, communications, health care and banking industries.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to try and find my way back from all the islands real and fictional and back into the working world.