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SharePoint and lock-in

SharePoint and lock-in

Posted Nov 15, 2007 10:20 UTC (Thu) by dion (guest, #2764)
Parent article: Getting the (Share)Point About Document Formats

It seems that everything MS makes these days is first and foremost about lock-in.

It makes me sick that IT departments lack the ability to see the problem with vendor lock-in.

Although it would be glorious for customers to dump MS and choose OS solutions exclusively,
perhaps the only way for us to get rid of MS is for MS to selfdestruct.

There are signs of MS failing, like the bungled Vista release, but I think it's much worse for
MS that they are seen as a dangerous competitor by some their own customers, ie. everybody who
develops software.

If MS keeps competing with everybody who bases their software on Windows then the smarter
developers will try to avoid being 100% tied to Windows, some would say this has already
happened.

The same thing happened a while back ('92) when Pepsi bought Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut,
that meant that many restaurants started to see buying Pepsi as a way to support their own
competition:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE2D816...

Another example of this mechanism happened in software where SAP brought out SAP DB to avoid
being dependent on databases from Oracle, IBM and MS who all compete directly against SAP,
whether that one worked or not is debatable.

This turned out to be quite rambly, sorry, perhaps I should write a blog in  stead.


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SharePoint and lock-in

Posted Nov 16, 2007 3:13 UTC (Fri) by N0NB (guest, #3407) [Link]

I don't think that IT departments fail to see the vendor lock-in of MS, rather that they want
and embrace such lock-in.  Many IT professionals have spent their careers getting various MS
certifications, are in a comfort zone, have tied their personal fortune to MS, and are loathe
to learn anything else.  Since company management defers to their "judgment", IT staff is able
to put the pieces in place that will guarantee their long-term employment in their comfort
zone.

In a lot of cases, I think it's as simple as the above scenario as to why obviously inferior
MS products gain significant market share.  Above all, politics rule the day in the Enterprise
Data Center.


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