It’ll be interesting to see how IBM spins the Lotus part of its latest earnings update below (lots of other instances of “decrease” in the full IBM press release, but only one pertaining to a software group)
Revenues from the WebSphere family of software products, which delivers capabilities that enable clients to integrate and manage business processes across the organization, increased 17 percent year over year. Revenues from Information Management software, which enables clients to integrate, manage and use information to gain business value, increased 7 percent. Revenues from Tivoli software, which helps clients manage technology and business assets by providing visibility, control and automation across the organization, increased 18 percent, and revenues from Lotus software, which connects people and processes for more effective communication and increased productivity through collaboration, messaging and social networking software, decreased 6 percent. Revenues from Rational software, which supports software development for both IT and embedded system solutions, increased 1 percent.