IBM Lotusphere 2008 IT FACTORY press release

by Volker Weber

IT FACTORY is a trusted IBM SaaS business partner and a knowledge sponsor at IBM Lotusphere 2008.

I guess somebody at IBM wishes this would never have been published.

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I hardly think that IBM could be held responsible for whether one of their Lotusphere sponsors turns out to be a trainwreck. Lotusphere sponsorship implies that the company has the money to buy the sponsorship, and chooses to spend it that way. Even say that they are a "trusted" partner is their words, not IBM's.

Ben Langhinrichs, 2008-12-08

Not owned or run by IBM... Just run by a bad person is all. This is for the courts.. not here.

John Turnbow, 2008-12-08

Ben, if it says "trusted" on an IBM website, some people will trust.

Volker Weber, 2008-12-08

ITF were a trainwreck the first time around (early 2000?). As you say probably one for the courts but I do have a lot of sympathy for the employees and customers.

Jason Hook, 2008-12-08

Volker, that may well be, but people who believe everything they read in press releases by third parties, no matter where they are posted, would do well to think again. I have read many of these press releases, and there are many points of view which IBM would not stand behind, nor would I expect them to. Obviously, reasonable people can disagree on this, but I think there are few at IBM who will lose much sleep over a press release issued by a business partner that implies something this loose. Similarly, I doubt there are many who would have ever noticed this again if you had not posted it. (Not that I think there is anything wrong with pointing out potentially embarassing things from IBM's web site - I just don't think this qualifies)

Ben Langhinrichs, 2008-12-08

Ben, let's just say that I have been asked by a few people who are concerned. I mean this is not just one press release. IBM has awarded them with their best SaaS partner in Denmark, Ernst&Young has awarded Bagger with ...

Either it does not matter, and then you can kiss all those awards goodbye, or it does.

Volker Weber, 2008-12-08

Well it's gone now (I was offline all day, had nothing to do with that) and I hasten to point out this was from Lotusphere 2008, not Lotusphere 2009. It appears to have been a press release issued by the vendor themselves, and thus they would have chosen their own wording. All vendor press releases at Lotusphere appear on the Lotusphere website at some point but that doesn't make them IBM press releases.

Ed Brill, 2008-12-09

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