Mainframe meets "The Office"

And from the “just for fun” file….

Here’s a “trilogy” of short videos created for internal IBM sales meetings. 


Mainframe - The Art of the Sale, Lesson One

Lesson Two

Lesson Three

by Timothy Sipples August 21, 2006


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Great videos. They made me fall out of chair.

Posted by: Ken Taylor | Aug 25, 2006 8:52:34 AM

great job IBM! I loved it :)

Posted by: macaholic | Aug 27, 2006 1:06:44 AM

My only question is: what happens to the ranchers?

Posted by: flash Q fiasco | Aug 27, 2006 2:12:47 AM

top videos! great stuff for unix heads!

Posted by: ed | Aug 27, 2006 5:12:58 AM

absolutely brilliant. Wish they had more

Posted by: allan | Aug 28, 2006 6:08:15 AM

Great video

Posted by: Catthy | Aug 28, 2006 1:31:55 PM

Who says Big Blue doesn't have a sense of humor!

Posted by: Gerry | Aug 29, 2006 8:51:36 AM

I'm in my mid forties so maybe my thinking is different.

I really didn't get the connection about ranchers and farmers. I especially didn't get the connection of putting farmers in the factory.

I grew up in the country where farms were once everywhere in Dutchess County.

The farms are mostly gone and those families are working in the IBM factory.

I don't get it. I find these videos to be a little offensive on intelligence to farmers and the product being sold.

IBM needs to dump the advertisement crew and get some real people who buy or want to buy IBM products to come up with better advertisements.

Listening to these advertisements insults
the average IBM manufacturing employee and does not make me want to go out and buy the product presented.

I have yet to see an advertisement for IBM products that really grabs me by the neck and makes me think that I just gotta have it and can't live without one.

Posted by: Cathy | Sep 25, 2006 7:17:43 PM

well, I'm in my mid-forties too, and my thinking is definitely different ....
a) the only person whose intelligence is being insulted is Bob H - and he volunteered for it !
b) this wasn't designed as an advert , it's an internal joke item for kick off meetings and the like.
c) but you were only joking anyway.... weren't you ?

Posted by: JonC | Sep 26, 2006 9:08:39 AM

I like the part about the sales trainee eating Dunkin Doughnuts, getting caught with sugar all over his face. I think the main point is that the world is divided into two kinds of people farmers and ranchers, and the mainframe is like a factory, but I didn't quite get who eats the sheep that produces the wool.

Posted by: Angel | May 2, 2008 4:57:56 PM

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