Re: Lotsa laughs
No doubt, No One Ever Got Fired for Choosing Microsoft. I'm telling a different story. Here's how it goes. To assume that Microsoft will come up with something that works just because they're a big company is to ignore the lessons of history. IBM gave us TopView. Everyone said that's it, it's all over. It wasn't. Never is. Dave At 09:55 PM 5/24/99 , you wrote: >----- Original Message ----- >From: Dave Winer <dave@u...> >To: <xml-dev@i...> >Sent: 25/05/1999 10:35 >Subject: Re: Lotsa laughs > > > > >>Like it or not it seems this is something anyone working in e-commerce > > is going to have to take seriously given it has the support of Microsoft, > > SAP, Baan and Peoplesoft. > > > > Famous last words! That's exactly the kind of stuff people said about > > various mail APIs that were floating around just around the time that the > > Internet rewrote all the rules in the software business. No, the size of > > the company doesn't determine the viability of the ideas, not even in the > > corporate world. Gotta learn this one over and over and over and over. > > > > Dave > >Last year I was working in a large Government Department that all other >Government Departments had to exchange data with. The IT strategy of the >Department I was working at was Microsoft. They will willingly implement >whatever Microsoft throws their way so I can see in the not too distant >future that all Government Departments in the state where I reside will be >using Biztalk whether they like it or not. > >Microsoft have captured the hearts and minds of many people who do not want >to hear anything bad about Microsoft and these people don't care about open >standards. To paraphrase one Microsoftian I was talking to "I just want >products that work together". A lot of people have been burned by >incompatibilities between products using alleged "Internet" standards and >are now moving back to a one vendor solution. > >I'm afraid I disagree with you on the size of the company issue. I find it >incredibly hard to sell someone on a product from a company they have never >heard of regardless of how great the product is. If its a product from >Microsoft or Oracle its a different story. Maybe this is just an Australian >phenomenon? > >I don't want anyone to think I'm advocating Biztalk but I think >realistically it is going to get a significant share of the e-commerce >market and therefore can't be ignored. I'll be very happy if I'm proven >wrong though. > >Steve Oldmeadow > > > >xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... >Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on >CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 >To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; >(un)subscribe xml-dev >To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; >subscribe xml-dev-digest >List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...) xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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