But you still need a few of those customers that give you the hundred dollars in an enterprise strategy. Those customers need high touch, dont they? If you have a model that brings you volume at a lower price you can still afford the same kinds investments in customer touch and support. IBM has always been a heavily resourced model for customer touch and support. Well probably never get to where they were, and theyve been declining. We, on the other hand have been increasing. Weve got over five thousand people working in the enterprise. Weve got another four thousand almost consultants working in the enterprise. Weve got almost a thousand high end technical support specialists working in the enterprise. Weve got 10,000 plus people working in the enterprise. Im not going to say thats as many as IBM has, but if you compare us to anybody else who serves enterprise customershey, were big guys. Were up there with Oracle. Were up there with SAP. Were up there with Sun. Were in the game.Did Microsoft executives call up [officials at investment company] Baystar and direct them towards making an investment in SCO? I actually dont know anything about it myself. I read about Baystar in the newspaper. I get asked about this. I dont have a clue what interactions may have been. I had never heard of Baystar until I read about it in the newspaper. If SCO needs money, theyll have no problem. Theyre a publicly traded company. Their stock price is up. Theres an impression that you might be the moneyman behind the scenes. Of course were not. If we were funding them we would have to disclose. What was disclosed is accuratewe did take an intellectual property license with SCO because we indemnify our customers, which some people and software products dont do. We did take a license, we disclosed that publicly. Theres talk about XP reloadedin the context of an interim Windows client and perhaps an interim Windows server version before Longhorn. Theres no plan to have an interim version other than the ones you know about: XP SP2, which is very important. It may not have the sexiest name in the world, but that is a tremendously important release. Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center at http://windows.eweek.com for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com Windows news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
We know we need to put skin in the game with enterprise customers. The dialogue with customers is about how to put skin in the game. How do you participate with partners if youre not a systems integrator? Do you have the architect I need when I need him? Its a different kind of discussionas opposed to, Do you have any capability at all? which was the discussion of 5-6 years ago.