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ZDNet: Commodization: The Double-Edged Sword

Jul 20, 2004, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"ZDNet: How do you use commoditization strategically, and how is it used against you?
"Schwartz In general in the industry, you ascribe the word 'commodity' to your competitors' problems, and that enables you to engage in a theatrical debate about whether or not their pricing is appropriate, or whether or not they're overcharging, or whether or not they're locking you in. But I thought it was telling that Rod [Smith] from IBM is willing to admit there's no binary compatibility across Linux and that's a bit of a fantasy; that's not the layer at which you expect to find interoperability..."

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