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More on IBM's CC: Management stressed execution (particularly related to closing deals), rather...
More on IBM's CC: Management stressed execution (particularly related to closing deals), rather than macro, is the main culprit for the Q1 miss. However, U.S. federal sales (a problem for many) fell 13% Y/Y, and China was also weak (leadership transition blamed). Free cash flow was $1.7B, down $200M Y/Y partly due to tax issues. $1B in "workforce rebalancing charges" are expected this year, mostly outside the U.S. IBM refuses to comment on CRN's x86 server sale report, but does say it's evaluating asset sales. IBM is counting on expanded Linux support to lift slumping Power server sales. Over 4K PureSystems sold thus far. Update: The WSJ is now also reporting the x86 server unit is on the block.