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IBM President Jim Whitehurst’s 10 Boldest Remarks From Best Of Breed Virtual 2020

“I come from the airline industry,” said Whitehurst. “They say planes don’t have rearview mirrors. If you’re moving forward, it doesn’t matter what’s behind you.”

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Light Up An Ecosystem

When IBM CEO Arvind Krishna (pictured) and Whitehurst moved into their new leadership positions at Big Blue last April, a strategy was introduced that centers around “how we really light up an ecosystem.”

“Whether that is startups working on our platforms, channel partners, ISVs, SIs. Kind of broadly, how do we build an ecosystem of people working with our platforms to help us kind of help land that as a standard, which ends up being good for all of us?”

Supporting that effort is IBM’s new Red Hat Marketplace launched earlier in the month.

“It’s the Red Hat Marketplace by IBM. So it’s branded Red Hat because it sits on a technology platform that’s branded Red Hat, but it’s offered by IBM to help bring ISVs onto this platform.”

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