With IBM’s global, flagship event Think! starting this week, it’s a reminder of how many of the industry’s largest conferences have found a way to exist on-line. IBM | Think 2021
The announcement that Catherine Solazzo is joining Tech Data as Senior VP for Marketing in the US is further evidence of the strengthening ties between IBM and Tech Data. Catherine’s previous role was VP Worldwide Partner Ecosystem Performance Marketing in IBM.
It is great to have grass roots football back again. For many still at school it is what they look forward to each weekend. Playing with their friends, hopefully scoring a goal and winning the match. And just like the professionals, they want to go through to the next round of the cup or climb the league and get promoted. The emotional roller coaster of a 7-4 win this weekend was evident throughout my son’s team, during a game that was played in all four of our British seasons over 90 minutes. As linesman, I was pleased to still have a luke-warm coffee in a flask, left over from the morning’s golf.
As the quarter ended, along with the financial year for many businesses, it was easy to miss the large number of people leaving IBM and starting new roles across the IT industry. There are also many others who have seen an opportunity to retire early or change industry, after long careers with the company.
One of the impacts of the lockdown during the pandemic has been the amount of business meetings that can be crammed into a day. The normal time to travel or even walk between meetings has gone – they finish and start on the hour. The time to reflect, digest and create responses is reduced or moved into “after hours”. But there is upside; because of a wider participation by dispersed team members, insights can be gathered quicker than in our previous “normal” environment.
The Cheltenham National Hunt Festival has a special place in the diary each year, for me and I know many thousands of others. It is great news that it will take place this year, although for the town the loss of 100,000 visitors during the week will be huge. For many local retailers and hospitality venues, the week has traditionally been more significant than their sales at Christmas. I remember one luxury television brand retailer telling me how they always hoped the Irish would win big. When the Irish horses won during The Festival, the shop would get lots of walk in customers asking them to ship TVs and sound systems back to Ireland.
Our industry is experiencing unprecedented pressure to change, driven by new demands from across industry, healthcare and governments.
February already and, for various reasons, the Ecosystem team has seen a significant increase in businesses wanting to partner with Tech Data since the turn of the year.