InterConnect 2015 and the “New” IBM
What does IBM’s recent InterConnect 2015 conference have to do with this? A couple of things. First, it combined/replaced three of IBM’s solution-focused annual customer/partner conferences: Pulse (Tivoli), Impact (Websphere) and Innovate (Rational). Second, it positioned IBM Cloud (which is led by SVP Robert LeBlanc) as an umbrella under which many of those solutions now reside.
That said, InterConnect was not what you’d call a tidy package – executives and representatives from various other company’s strategic areas were present, and the sheer size of the event (21k+ customer and partner attendees spread over two Las Vegas convention facilities) resulted in some natural confusion. But overall, InterConnect clearly reflected the company’s new organizational focus and effectively underscored the points that set IBM apart from its competitors.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.