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Insights from 2014 IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference – Part 4: Agility in Transition

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This is the final report that also includes part one, part two and part three in the series of articles regarding my participation at the 2014 IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference.

The final day of PWLC included more compelling IT solutions news and updates from IBM speakers, but the highlight of the day was the speech by author Malcolm Gladwell (more on that in a bit).

BgXuh-9CAAERhgTThe closing general session was kicked off by Dan Pelino (GM Public Sector) whose “Smarter Cities” presentation included an interesting development/perspective: Cities are increasingly competing for people’s time, talents, and treasures. He went on to describe a very fascinating trend … City economies across the globe are in transition, and one-third of the monetary needs cities have will come from philanthropy.

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Insights from 2014 IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference – Part 3: Infrastructure Matters in the Cloud

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This is a continuation of part one and part two in the series of articles regarding my participation at the 2014 IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference. Please check back for part four, the final installment.
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The third day of the conference (second full day) began with another general session, led by Steve Mills (SVP Software & Systems). The presentation by Mills was focused on why infrastructure matters in the world of IT solutions but that not all technologies are equal. Some of the key points made by Mills:

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Insights from 2014 IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference – Part 2: IBM and Lenovo x86 Update

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This is a continuation of part one in the series of articles regarding my participation at the 2014 IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference. Please check back for part three.

The focus of this installment is the acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business by Lenovo. Through participation in a breakout session (the most attended session at the conference), meetings with IBM executives, and helpful resources we have obtained, I have compiled some updates and analysis which I hope both helps you and reassures you as to the future of IBM/Lenovo technology in the x86 IT solutions space.

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Insights from 2014 IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference – Part 1: Transforming for Growth

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A couple of weeks ago, I was in Las Vegas for the 2014 IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference (PWLC). I provided some updates/tidbits via Twitter (follow @darrenwaldrep and #IBMPWLC, though here I’m able to share a more complete report of the key takeaways from the conference. This is part one of a four-part post.

PWLC is an annual event for senior executives in IBM Business Partner firms to meet with peers, industry analysts, and IBM executives and learn about trends in IT solutions, updates on IBM strategy and direction, and the business results IBM solutions are generating with customers. Approximately 1,500 IBM channel partners and 500 IBMers gathered at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas February 10-13 for the event.

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Dreamforce Recap: 3 Emerging Cloud Computing Trends

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The recent Salesforce.com Dreamforce conference in San Francisco was a shining example of cloud computing’s increasing influence and adoption across markets. We joined over 135,000 other attendees to hear about trends and ideas from incredible keynotes, attended expert-led hands on training and learning sessions to boost our cloud computing knowledge, and explored the Cloud Expo floor to discover new technologies in cloud computing that work with the force.com platform. As a technology solutions provider with a focus on customer satisfaction, Datatrend was able to gain further insights and knowledge on trends in the cloud computing industry and practical applications to enable improved customer experience management for our clients and their customers.

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