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IBM vs. Oracle: Big Blue Hiring 1,500 Software Sales Pros

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http://www.thevarguy.com – Move over, Oracle and HP Autonomy. IBM Software is betting big on business analytics and cloud software. Indeed, IBM (NYSE: IBM) will hire roughly 1,500 sales representatives from now through the end of 2012, according to CFO Mark Loughridge. For IBM’s channel partners the message is clear: Bet heavily on software now, and reap the profits as worldwide economies start to improve. “We see great opportunity in our global software business and are hiring 200 to 300 sales representatives each month through year end,” Loughridge said during IBM’s Q2 2012 earnings call today. (IT news)