Freedom of Action

On November 3, Kyndryl was formally spun off from IBM and listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The following link will take you to an interview with Martin Schroeter, CEO of Kyndryl.

IBM spinoff Kyndryl begins trading: ‘We have now complete freedom of action,’ CEO says

In this interview, Martin Schroeter uses the term “freedom of action” several times.

“We have now complete freedom of action to go engage with other hyperscalers. We have complete freedom of action to engage across a much broader ecosystem.”

This term means the freedom to conduct business activities without being constrained by other companies. In the context of this interview, it is used to imply that Kyndryl has been spun off from IBM, giving them the freedom to do business that they could not do before.

This term is actually often used when talking about the importance of patents. A patent right allows its holder to exclusively use a certain technology. In other words, you can force other companies that use your patented technology to stop their business. Therefore, it is important to own valuable patents to ensure that your business is not stopped by other companies and that you have the freedom to conduct your business activities. Please consider making good use of patents as a tool for conducting business.

Some of my former colleagues have moved on to Kyndryl, so I’m looking forward to seeing how things turn out.