R&DConstant focus to remain current. In the past, Lego was struggling to sell as many elements as they used to, so moved to selling kits. This has been very successful.
Market leadershipLego is doing really well, recently becoming the largest toy manufacturer in the world, with a revenue of ~$4.4B. Their CEO is dancing to the “Everything is awesome!” song from the movie: http://bit.ly/1Cke25G.
ReliabilityLego has a really reliable build process. For every million elements it creates, only ~18 fail its stringent quality control tests. All the Lego I have ever built with looks and works just as I would expect it to (http://bit.ly/1H6GtzX).
SecurityFor Lego, I take security to be how well the elements stick together, using “clutch power”. The elements are made to a tolerance of 0.002mm, to ensure they can stick together and be separated when needed (http://bit.ly/1UvG3gM).
ManufacturingLego creates around 20 billion elements every year. In fact, with a production of about 306 million tyres a year, the Lego Group is the world’s largest tyre manufacturer (http://bit.ly/1UvG3gM).
Lego lost its patent and so cheaper competitors make similar bricks that are now available. I would always pick Lego bricks, though, because I consider their quality to be higher and they always deliver what I need to build my models (http://bit.ly/1JRmt8Q).
IBM Power Systems
Heritage>50 years (borrowing from the mainframe heritage of IBM Power Systems – the same architect who created PR/SM virtualisation on System z, James W. Rymarczyk, also created PowerVM virtualisation on IBM Power Systems)
Market leadershipThe POWER5 processor was created, with a combination of virtualisation and performance, to take on the offerings from Sun and HP. IBM Power Systems won that battle, becoming the top Unix vendor. POWER8 is built to take on Intel (http://bit.ly/1EUpqC).
ReliabilityIBM Power Systems are built around an excellent heritage of delivering exceptional reliability, availability and serviceability. POWER8 has 6500 checkers in the processor to catch problems before they cause outages. Intel has around 50. Power Systems also avoid planned outages, with features like Power on Reset Engine, which allows most firmware updates to be applied without needing a reboot (details for POWER7: http://ibm.co/1Hab3c0; and for POWER8: http://ibm.co/1UvFN16.)
SecurityFor IBM Power Systems, AIX, IBM i and PowerVM all have minimal security vulnerabilities published against them. Beyond that, PowerSC can monitor and report on security compliance (http://ibm.co/1bPur1p).
ManufacturingPOWER processors are manufactured by GlobalFoundries, which is part of the Common Platform Alliance with Samsung. GlobalFoundries creates chips for the Internet of Things (IoT) along with other solutions. Samsung is the largest supplier of smart phones, selling 83.2m smartphones globally in the first quarter of 2015. POWER processors are created on the same lines as the other chips created by the members of the Common Platform, giving volume and keeping down costs. IBM’s involvement in the alliance is to share IP about future chip technologies.
IBM Power Systems can compete on purchasing cost with the Linux-only servers, which are priced to compete head to head with Intel. The Enterprise servers in the Power Systems range can have a much lower Total Cost of Ownership than solutions based on Intel. I can model this, if needed! Or, there are these as examples for IBM i: http://bit.ly/1vMOPdy.