NewsFactor: Is IBM Too Big To Topple?
Jul 07, 2003, 21:00 (24 Talkback[s])
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"Four or five years ago, when IBM was struggling to re-establish
itself as the dominant IT provider, a lawsuit like the one brought
by SCO this March might have been a lot scarier. A threat to IBM's
software and server businesses would have seemed like a threat to
the entire company's future.
"But today everything is different. IBM is dominating so many
product areas that a danger to any one seems trivial. Or is it?
Could SCO's lawsuit cause customer defections and drive IBM's new
Linux product direction right into the ground? The consensus is
that no one really knows. However, SCO's actions could expose some
cracks in IBM's armor--weaknesses that its competitors are waiting