It's rare for Sam Palmisano to make a public appearance, but when IBM's CEO showed up at the vendor's PartnerWorld Leadership Conference last month, he certainly made a big impression.
While addressing IBM partners during his keynote, Palmisano covered a wide variety of topics from emerging markets to IBM's Smarter Planet initiative. He also outlined an aggressive growth strategy for the IT giant, which includes the four key areas of opportunity.
But Big Blue's CEO got particularly passionate when he trashed IT market research, criticized financial analysts, and gave his no-holds-barred opinion on cloud computing and the power of analytics software.
In this podcast, CRN Senior Editor Rick Whiting, who attended the IBM PartnerWorld event, and Rob Wright, managing editor, online, discuss Palmisano's impassioned speech and the vendor's growth strategy and explain why IBM may have a leg up on its competitors.
Listen to Palmisano's points and find out why he's imploring solution providers to "look beyond the obvious."
For more on IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference, check out Palmisano's advice and observations to channel partners.