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Managing IT: Changing Our Minds (About Everything)

Dec 02, 2008, 18:47 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Andriole)

"We need to change our minds about the safety we find in established vendors and their products. Yes, Microsoft, Oracle and IBM make good stuff but so do Salesforce, Redhat and JackBe. We don't need to buy everything veteran vendors sell just because they've been around forever and we know we can explain Microsoft, Oracle and IBM to confused business executives and boards of directors. It’s time to try some new providers, some new products and some new acquisition models.

"Open source is here to stay. Even the established vendors have "embraced" open standards. They have no choice. Do you? Yes, you can stay with proprietary software and pay the price or migrate to a hybrid software architecture that blends the best of both worlds. Who knows where all this will lead, but it’s time to begin the migration toward openness and the freedom to express yourself. Symphony versus MS Office versus OpenOffice versus StarOffice? Yes."

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