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Ramming Microsoft down IT's throat

Sep 22, 2009, 13:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Venezia)

"I am quite curious to know exactly what it takes to make an IT organization (or more explicitly, IT management) choose a blatantly inferior product over far more capable competing products for use in such a critical environment no matter how sweet the deal may seem. It's like a delivery company making a deal to get all its delivery trucks for free, except the trucks don't have reverse and can't make right-hand turns. It might "save money" by not requiring a cash outlay for the trucks, but it slows everything else down and jeopardizes the core functionality of the infrastructure -- the core business is at risk. That's a gamble that no IT manager should take. A pilot program? Sure. Maybe a few sideline servers and applications? Possibly. More than 75 percent of the infrastructure? No way. That's too many eggs in a shaky basket. And then there's this quote: For one company, it was a decision handed down by the CIO, and they came to us saying, "The decision has already been made. Now that we have it, tell us what pitfalls to avoid."

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