Enterprises Want It All and Want It Now
Ive never thought of patience as Oracles defining characteristic, and I say that more as compliment than as critique. The company has always struck me as having a pretty clear picture of what it wanted, and as having the resources and the will to build it or buyon an aggressive timetablewhatever it couldnt find.
Seeing that phrase made me wonder, though, if "The Year of Losing
Patience" might be a well-chosen label for all of 2006 in the IT realm.
- Systems builders like Dell are losing patience with Intels leisurely pace of improving performance per watt and are adopting alternative CPUs from AMD.
- Application developers are losing patience with Microsofts glacial progress toward shipping a delayed and defeatured Vista operating systemwith continuing concern and controversy about the security improvements that are almost Vistas only remaining selling proposition.
- In-house federal government watchdogs are losing patience with executive branch agencies and their continuing failure to protect key data, and are telling them to have improved technology and practices in place byummmtoday.
IBM has responded to this climate, making its clocks run faster to
match its buyers demands for more rapid response to new opportunities and requirements. Packaged offerings like IBMs "Grid and Grow" bundles let IT buyers think of themselves as buyers of business solutions, rather than experimenters and integrators of bleeding-edge technology.
Apple is doing much the same thing in the consumer space, positioning Macs as ready to come out of the box and do stuffwhile PCs, Apple would have buyers believe, require far more tedious setup and constant maintenance. IBM is executing well, it seems to me, on its similar strategy in the enterprise spacemaking better speed along a path that Sun has long sought to define as its own.
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