Where We Stand: Advocacy for IT
As we pause at the end of the year to catch our breath from the whirlwind that is this industry, it has become a tradition for us to look back over the past 12 months and reflect on what we've said. Here are the most important positions we've advocated onAs we pause at the end of the year to catch our breath from the whirlwind that is this industry, it has become a tradition for us to look back over the past 12 months and reflect on what weve said. Here are the most important positions weve advocated on your behalf in 2000. Uncle Sam v. Microsoft: We still believe we would all be better off if Microsoft is split up so that it cant use its OS monopoly to dominate new markets. We, along with many in IT, urged a quick outcome to the proceedings. Because of appeals, however, no resolution is imminent. That kind of delay plays into the hands of those who maintain that IT shouldnt be subjected to the strictures of fair play because things in IT change too rapidly for the lethargic legal system. Microsoft may yet be acquitted, but the legal system stands indictedof slowness.
Linux and open source: The news here is much more favorable. We supported a number of important open-source initiatives this year and continue to be encouraged by the growing maturation, manageability and interoperability of open-source software. While the boosterism surrounding open source often generates more heat than light, anything that provides more choices and keeps IT in the drivers seat will always get our backing.