In the latest executive shuffle at IBM -- such shuffles are in the company's DNA -- Doug Balog is now the general manager of IBM's Power Systems business. He was previously the GM of IBM's mainframe business, a.k.a. System z.
And what happened to previous GM Colin Parris? He's now the vice president of systems research at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. He experienced a lot of great Watson-related activity under his tenure, and over the years when we talked, enabling Watson to do more than play TV games was a topic that came up often.
Meanwhile, Balog. Who is he? His Smarter Computing Blog author bio nails down the basics:
In addition to the aforementioned GM roles, Balog is a member of IBM’s Performance Team (PT) and Strategy Team (ST), which focus on tactical execution and the strategic direction for the IBM enterprise. Plus, he's a 30-year IBM veteran who has previously worked across System z, System x, BladeCenter, and System Storage.
While working for System z, Balog led the successful launch of the zEnterprise EC12 in 3Q12 and delivered the largest mainframe MIPS quarter in the history of the company in 4Q12 with 66% growth YTY and 56% revenue growth. In addition, he led the repositioning of System z for operational analytics, cloud, and ultimate security.
Balog graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Computer Science in 1983 and immediately joined IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY, working on the architectural validation of IBM’s next-generation mainframes. He spent 18 years in NY in a variety of development, brand and corporate roles until 2001 when he moved to San Francisco to help one of IBM’s largest clients deploy and operate one of the largest IBM mainframe and Unix server farms for web trading at the time.
And his most recent blog post? He talks open source and Linux on Power Systems, which isn't a surprise when you consider the massive rise in Linux-based workloads on IBM's workhorse mainframes.
Here's a nifty YouTube video that features both Parris and Balog from October of last year when they were in their previous positions: