In this interview, Hugh Williams and Burton Grad, members of IBM's unbundling task force, describe IBM's changing view of unbundling from a legal necessity to a business opportunity. They discuss the criteria used to determine which programs would be priced separately and which would remain unbundled with the hardware cost and how IBM's business model changed as a result of unbundling. Williams was a senior technical advisor to a number of executives in IBM's System Development Division. Grad worked with applications software development in the Data Processing Division.
Grad, Burt; Williams, Hugh; IBM unbundling; Goetz, Marty; CDC antitrust suit; Data Processing Division, IBM; IBM systems software; DOS; Time Sharing System (TSS); CP67; VM; Climis, Ted; IBM government business; Advanced Life Insurance System (ALIS); Property and Liability Insurance System (PALIS); Type 1 programs; Type 2 programs; Type 3 programs; Type 4 programs; System Control Programs; PARS; Programmed Airline Reservations System; CICS; IMS/DC