osOpinion: Nudging Goliath - Taking on Microsoft at the Desktop
Aug 22, 2000, 06:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)
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[ Thanks to Kelly
McNeill for this link. ]
"If Microsoft does have a hold on corporate messaging, can
the enterprise return to making sound technology decisions by
breaking that hold? Perhaps, even re-forming the question by
asking, (given the rise of other messaging technologies etc.): Can
we trust corporations who have made questionable or inferior
technological decisions in the past to make better technological
decisions in the future? Or will the sway and tug of marketing ...
nobody ever got fired for buying IBM ...as well as the reductionist
thinking continue to hold?"
"Today, I spoke to a researcher from a Fortune 50 company trying
to find a UNIX solution to a problem I see daily. Management has
chosen to migrate to Microsoft Exchange while forgetting that 35
percent of its users work on various UNIX and Linux desktops.
Meanwhile, the directors of administration for UNIX are trying
desperately to find a client to peer with Outlook before the
servers arrive, training begins and they have to start deploying NT
"When our entry into the Enterprise messaging and collaboration
space began, we felt we could challenge a significant percentage of
NT's dominance in the server space. We arrived at a figure from the
total number of Exchange servers deployed, the number of seats
reported subscribed and the number of Windows desktops with
Microsoft Office and Outlook in use. We also felt that our timing
might be good because of the introduction of Windows2000. We had an
offering of modest cost and no per seat licenses so we knew we
could demonstrate a giant cost savings. Finally, we counted on the
enthusiasm of the Linux community."