IBM - Venturing into Life Sciences*



Case Code : CLCB012
Publication date : 2005
Subject : Consumer Behavior
Industry : -
Length : 04 Pages
Price : Rs. 100

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IBM, Life Sciences Division, e-Business, The Blue Gene Project, Structural Bioinformatics, Accelrys, Lion Biosciences, Phase Forward, Global Innovation Outlook and Drug Discovery and Development


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The caselet, IBM: Venturing into Life Sciences, examines IBM's entry into life sciences, and how IBM positioned itself as a research-driven company. IBM offered technical solutions like hardware, middleware, and IT infrastructure that a life science researcher was looking for. The caselet looks into the ways in which IBM developed a relationship with the scientific community, in order to be their preferred IT supplier.


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IBM, the world’s largest information technology company with revenues of US$ 96.2 billion in 2004, is known for its research work. In the late 1990s, it realized that life science was an area which would require enormous IT resources.

In 2000, IBM launched its Life Sciences Division...

Questions for Discussion:

1. Discuss the ways in which IBM managed its product and service image among the customers.

2. "The company had the technical solutions like hardware, middleware, and IT infrastructure that a life science researcher would be looking for, and was looking for ways to attract this customer." How did IBM generate and maintain the attention of the customer toward the brand?