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IT-Director: The Prospect for 2005

Jan 19, 2005, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Bloor)

"A good deal of the evolution of IT depends upon platforms. The simple economic facts are that software builders choose not to pay the cost of porting to more than one or two platforms. This constricts the number of platforms that can exist in any given market. Platforms used to be defined by the hardware (Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, OS 390, OS/400, etc.). This has changed. We are now moving into a two-tier world of platforms... The lower tier consists of commodity platforms that are portable across different hardware. Linux and Windows are the only two that currently qualify as major players here although other platforms could conceivably emerge from the mobile device market or even the gaming world.

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