I have this to say...........SCREW IBM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Resellers, True Blue End-Users, Distributors and employees all just got screwed. I also think IBM just gave it to themselves as well. I'd go as far as to compare this with the screw ups they've made in the past with Microsoft.
They've lost tremendous amounts of credibility in my eyes. Recruiting partners to school their employees (which is not cheap) on their products and sell our customers on their solutions. They've left us all high and dry, holding the bag and made our customers question our services.
Don't even try to counter with the fact the Cisco and IBM are going to work hand in hand in the transition. I'm also a Cisco partner and know how they work. THEY WILL NOT CARE AT ALL!!!! I'm in the trenches and see what these jerks do.
I can't believe they would be so stupid as to sell patents and intellectual properties. They have just let go of one big "HUGE" tellecommunications market.
If you believe that Cisco is going to work hand in hand with IBM and IBM's customer base your wrong. IBM will only see the benefit on the front side and in the meantime they sold off an annuity business off to the competition. One thing will always stay constant in the computer marketplace.....REMOTE OFFICES ALWAYS HAVE TO COMMUNICATE TO THE HOME OFFICE......and they just gave it away.
I'm pissed and believe stock holders should be pissed too!!!!!