I am reluctant to share my thoughts on the recently announced merger of AB and IB (hey, that makes "ABIB"...but they'll always be "IBAB" to me) as I am all too aware, despite them not being exactly craft brewers, that there are careers and family livelihoods on the line and a lot of hardworking people who don't know where they might be next year. So, I would like to think that whatever all the discussion about beer around here we don't forget that now or in the future, whatever your favorite beer is, its beery goodness is all due to folks doing their jobs - regardless of what we think about this beer or that brewery.
That being said, I was a bit surprised to see that the changes to the IT department have already started at Anheuser-Busch according to this article in Computerworld:
Although the St. Louis location will remain open, the IT operations may end up being run from an outsourcer's data center or even managed from Europe. Those are the kinds of steps that firms sometimes take in mergers, said Cohen. Two consultants who previously worked at Anheuser-Busch IT said the company was considered a highly desirable employer -- if you told someone that you worked for the company, "they were very impressed," said one consultant, who didn't want his name used. Another noted that the free cases of beer also meant that Anheuser-Busch employees were often invited to parties.
So that is what it all comes down to: an independent Anheuser-Busch made the IT guys if not hotter to the ladies then at least worth a party invite as the guy with the free beer. What isn't clear is whether the two cases a month given out as an employment benefit snagged the average IT guy one party invite or more.