Re: Lotsa laughs
----- 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...)
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