Lest someone think I am just being an ex-IBM'r saying sour grapes, the experts are also beginning to weigh in on Sam's comments. Please see Kenneth Hackel's post entitled: "IBM CEO Palmisano Should Look at Facts First"
It seems Mr. Hackel can support his position much better than my personal observations.
My key point in posting is the fact that you can no longer trust IBM to advise you on what direction you should be taking with your IT strategy, hardware, or software selection. IBM is no longer an industry leader and trusted adviser. It is just another company trying to sell products and services. It is also a company that grows via acquisition and no longer innovates via internal product research and development.