Last week my partnership director, Amanda, connected with the leadership at IBM Partnerworld and had the pleasure of hearing IBM CEO Palmisano and Google's CEO Eric Schmidt talk about their joint future together.
The subtext was that both companies want Microsoft dead of course.
But the basic idea is that IBM will push hard into the small and midsized company market
with technology that requires little or no help from the customers' IT shops and keep
many applications and data and content in Google's "Cloud".
Google gets access to huge customers that IBM "owns" and IBM gets to be connected
to someone cool and fast.
The partnership conference was not attended by the usual gang of endless IBMers but
only by the top leadership of the partner firms and of IBM.