Tiptoeing at the Edge of the IT Chasm
Stabilize was a word much in the news last week as an array of commentators from stock pundits to hopeful investors looked for signs that the downtrodden markets had finally stabilized.Stabilize was a word much in the news last week as an array of commentators from stock pundits to hopeful investors looked for signs that the downtrodden markets had finally stabilized. The hope being that, once stabilized, the business of business can once again resume its advance. Odd that stabilization, especially in high technology, is now a hoped-for occurrence. What about all those consultants who built lucrative businesses out of telling vendors to leap chasms, discover new paradigms and strive for the next killer app? Will all that breathlessness be replaced by the excitement of finding the incremental advantage? Despite its location near that really big Grand Canyon divide, I dont see much chasm leaping in store for this weeks NetWorld+Interop show in Las Vegas. While it takes time to restructure your product line, you can remodel your marketing message as fast as you can cut and paste with your word processor. This year, the paradigm shifts and New Economy enablers of 12 months ago have been replaced by press releases championing return on investment and affordable technologies designed to fit existing IT infrastructures.
This all sounds a bit to me like a casino on the Las Vegas strip using its neon to lure gamblers with "Come on in; you cant win a lot, but then again you cant lose too much, either."