Re: "they will buy a lot of talent."
"I found that those with real talent that matched IBM needs are well looked after."
The problem is that when you have served your need you tend to get downsized as the expectation is that the cheaper offshore bodies can simply take over support etc after picking up the skills they need over a few months !!!
This 'Blue meets Red and assimilates' will be very interesting to watch and will need lots and lots of popcorn on hand !!!