A reseller beano held in Tenerife this week spelled out the shape of RS/6000 strategy to come, it emerged today.
Repeated calls to the AIX group at IBM from last Monday about fresh technology and cut prices only elicited the response: "All AIX people are in Tenerife on a sort of holiday."
But Ken Batty, now head of the reseller push, rang VNU Newswire from his mobile GSM phone before he headed back to the UK tonight.
He said: "I'm just about to catch a plane and you can call me at home when I get back."
The IBM RS/6000 Emea group has spent the last four days in the Canary Islands feasting its resellers and telling them its strategy.
That meant it had no time to tell the press what it was doing and the technology and price cuts still await announcements here in the UK.
There was no word on whether Batty and his group had taken end users to the RS island retreat. And IBM's public relations company was also unable to contact the group.
It was a case of the bland leading the bland, said a senior analyst at IDC Europe tonight.
Job cuts at the Emea unit last year were set to continue and there were very few people left who were there last year, he said. The whole unit had to restructure and chairman Lou Gerstner is disappointed with the Emea setup, he said.
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