Embattled tech relic IBM (NYSE:IBM) has made many attempts to right its flagging business over the years, thus far to no avail. However, in spring 2020, CEO Arvind Krishna — former Senior Vice President of IBM’s cloud and cognitive software segment and a key player in the 2019 acquisition of Red Hat — took the reins of the company. Year-to-date results have again been lackluster, even as cloud computing has become more important than ever before during the pandemic. True to his roots, though, Krishna recently announced IBM will spin off its managed infrastructure services unit into a separate business to focus solely on the cloud.
Freeing Red Hat from dead weight
During the 2020 second quarter, IBM’s total revenue fell 5.4% year over year to $18.1 billion. Masking cloud computing segment strength — including a 17% increase in Red Hat sales and a total cloud