"It's hard to imagine now, but there used to be a rigorous
debate about which strategy was best for corporate IT buyers:
industry standards or proprietary technology. Standards have won
this debate, but that doesn't mean there weren't advantages to
buying proprietary technology.
"Proprietary technology is first-to-market with innovative
features. But going the proprietary route locks buyers into a
single vendor, which is too risky for most CIOs given the
topsy-turvy nature of the network industry..."
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