But the core idea is how do you get more people in search? I mean, what you really want to be able to do some day, if youre not one of the super high-end power users of PLM is [say], Show me the design of the left wing. You just want to be able to type that in a search box and [the software] should be able to go out into the UGS back-end, locate that information and bring it out, without any sophisticated things. Or [say], "Show me that and the cost." And maybe [then] its got to go into the SAP system and into the UGS system to fetch the data. That is the environment people want to get to, and that requires a deep [integration], deeper than not. Affuso: Search is a really good topic. Well be working on that out into the future. Its one of the things on our plate because subsystem reuse is a big thing out there in the industry. They want to be able to take advantage of past developments and be able to find and retrieve access and then incorporate those in new ideas [and] new products. So its really an important area for us.Ballmer: Theyre entitled to their opinion. Were working hard, and were going to ship Vista when its ready. Were making a lot of progress. Where does todays announcement between UGS and Microsoft leave Oracle? Read more here about UGS and Microsofts announcement. Affuso: Well continue to work with them. Ballmer: Ill tell you though, every time our sales reps go into a deal, well tell the SQL story. These guys [UGS] will tell it where it makes sense, but we want them to win business. Where do you see Microsofts stackinfrastructure and ERP applicationscoming up against Oracle and SAP given their infrastructure/applications moves? Ballmer: I think we have absolutely the best infrastructure going. I think we have the best small-scale, simple environment on up to the most high-scale environment. And we have good support from SAP for that. SAP sells most of their installations on Windows, and now most also on SQL Server. There is a part of the stack we and they do not agree to agree on. They have their own kind of portal and integration framework. Weve got SharePoint and BizTalk. Theyve got the NetWeaver stuff, and so we agree to disagree. But with projects like Duetthe new real name for Mendocino [the joint Microsoft-SAP project to expose mySAP processes and business logic in Office]were trying to do our best at the at least end-user perspective to bridge those worlds. We dont have the equivalent kind of coherence with Oracle, because of the database stuff. Once you get past the biggest of the biggest of the big companies, then I think you get a lot of people who dont want the complexity and cost that it takes to do an Oracle or an SAP implementation Weve got a lot of momentum with our Dynamics product line. Next Page: SaaS, Dynamics plans.
There is a Gartner report that came out recently suggesting a three-month delay in Vista. Is that true?