Scan the Skies for Gathering Clouds
Sometimes the first cloud that appears in the sky is just a random cloud. Other times, it heralds a downpour soon to follow. So, events sometimes make only modest news impact at a given moment but later loom large in importance.Sometimes the first cloud that appears in the sky is just a random cloud. Other times, it heralds a downpour soon to follow. So, events sometimes make only modest news impact at a given moment but later loom large in importance. While the nation obsessed with Floridas vote counting for more than a month, the election more than likely was decided by Al Gores losing his home state of Tennessee thanks to little-noted perceptions of him in that state. Perceptions upon which, in retrospect, history turned. Similarly, this week in IT, there are some events that could have huge ramifications down the road. For example: Microsoft released BizTalk Server to manufacturing. You yawn. Sure, BizTalk Server is months late, but its not really late. Not by generally accepted software shipping standards, anyway. The first building block is now in place for Microsofts grand .Net strategy. Take note.
And could Microsoft, ever the careful stonemason, have had anything to do with onetime rival Corels selling off its Linux business unit? Yes, Corel reportedly will sell off the unit for a paltry $5 million. That money will make a huge difference when added to the $135 million that Microsoft invested in the company last summer, wont it? Hey, who needs to develop for Linux anyway? Meanwhile, .Net takes shape, brick by brick.