This eWEEK: July 28, 2003
In their willingness to pay top dollar for top talent, Bill Gates and George Steinbrenner have a lot in common.In their willingness to pay top dollar for top talent, Bill Gates and George Steinbrenner have a lot in common. They also have a tradition of winning that brings out resentment from frustrated opponents. Some see in Microsofts current hiring push, reported by Darryl Taft, an attempt to corner the market for programming talent, just as some investors once tried to corner the market for gold. I dont think so. Its just smart management to hire the best, and Microsoft has been doing it for some time. Dave Cutler, the creator of Windows NT, and Jim Allchin, the father of Active Directory, are both examples of earlier strategic hires. Right now, Microsoft has a needWeb services expertsand there are people available in the market. You could look it up in Adam Smith. In the minds of many industry leaders and Wall Street analysts, maturity is the same as death. By any measure, the ERP software market is mature. But its not so clear that its dead. In a recent report, AMR Research notes the market had zero growth in 2002 but is set to resume moderate growth until 2007 (see chart). Theyll do this, as Renee Ferguson reports, by squeezing sales from current users and buying up competitors.
While the big boys may be consolidating, there is plenty going on in the small and midsize business market. As Renee reports, Icode is readying an upgrade to its Everest ERP suite for midsize companies while Deltek is also preparing enhancements.