||To:||"email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>||Subject:|| The Bill Joy of it all
||Date:|| Mon, 19 May 2003 15:00:41 -0400
May 19, 2003
Sometimes you wonder if IT vendors learned marketing at business
schools or Estonian sanitariums. All the big players now diagnose their
competitors as having some sort of disease. Topping the WHO's WHO list for
ministers of medical metaphors has to be Microsoft's chief executive,
Steve Ballmer. He early on made headlines when he likened Linux licensing
to a cancer that attaches itself to everything it touches. And just
this month, Craig Conway, CEO of PeopleSoft, said that NET is toxic and
that the cure for Microsoft's death grip of technology dependence is an
alternative operating system.
How will PeopleSoft support the cure? David Sayed tells Open about
PeopleSoft's move to port all of its applications to Linux. And from the
ashes of Great Bridge comes another health advisor dishing out a lot of
ERP attitude: True freedom from proprietary blisters doesn't end with
Linux, according to Ned Lilly, CEO of OpenMFG. Lilly makes his case with
impressive TCO numbers showing ERP customers can find true TCO value in
software beyond Linux that's built on Open Source.
Meanwhile, a remark by Sun's Bill Joy has triggered an episode of
dementia praecox in the Harvard Business Review, and Open is stunned. An
article in that hallowed publication declares the strategic importance of
IT is over. The analysis rests on the principal delusion of proprietary
software: To be strategic, a resource must be scarce. As a result, IP
must be owned, controlled, and kept far from competitors. By its logic,
knowledge can never be strategic and IT can be nothing more than
glorified data processing.
For this week's antidotes, click on
http://www.open-mag.com/6177262000.htm to go straight to the subscriber
home page and story links. And remember to send a copy to your friends
mired in proprietary systems.
The editors of Open magazine