V3.co.uk caught up with IBM UK chief executive Stephen Leonard to discuss the company's growth plans and key lessons from its long history.
The interview took place after an event Big Blue was holding to mark its centenary, the celebrations of which begin on 15 June, the last day of IBM's first 100 years.
Leonard says the key to IBM's success has been its move to a "globally integrated company" from a "multinational model".
Leonard explains that the switch, which occurred five years ago, means that IBM can share expertise globally from one core competency centre, rather than having to hire staff with the same expertise in each of the 170 countries in which IBM operates.
Leonard also discusses IBM's five-year growth plan, based around analytics, the smarter planet initiative, cloud computing and growth markets.
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