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wyliecoyoteuk
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:18 pm    Post subject: software vendors and open source. Reply with quote

Had an interesting morning today.

Visited our database supplier's open day.

Background:
We run our db supplier's CRM package on a RH Linux system, access it through terminals on windows and Linux clients.

To-day we visited to look at their new options.
Interesting that many of their new plug-ins run on VB, when .net is all the rage.

More interesting was the lunch where we got to meet other users, competitors and suppliers.

The words "Vista" and "Linux" seem to generate the same "haunted" look
in application programmers and windows admins.

A more worrying item was the silence when I stopped talking about Linux.
That silence meant that every other conversation had paused because everyone was listening!

I am not vain enough to think it was my oratory, and it seems that a lot of people are almost as afraid of open-source as they are of Vista.

That sentence was deliberately constructed.

In fact a lot of organisations seem LESS afraid of Linux than Vista!

It is understandable for software companies to be scared of OSS, but look at our supplier:

They provide a complicated package based on a multi-platform database system.

We pay them a lot of money to be there when we pick up the phone, if there is a problem that they can resolve remotely, they can connect through our firewall and sort it..
We moved to their package 4 years ago, and we have expanded it over the years simply because of the quality of their support.

They will never really be threatened by OSS, because what they do is precisely focussed, and they are very good at what they do.

The platform is secondary.

This is the way forward.
Our new document archiving system will run as a web client, so it will run on any platform, when it is finished.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:14 am    Post subject: Re: software vendors and open source. Reply with quote

wyliecoyoteuk wrote:


More interesting was the lunch


It always is, what did you have?

Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:58 am    Post subject: Re: software vendors and open source. Reply with quote

wyliecoyoteuk wrote:
The platform is secondary.


This was the IT mantra back in the minicomputer days. You basically selected the application you wanted to run, then bought whatever hardware it ran on. The application was always the most important thing - after all, this was what was going to make or break some part of your business.

Of course, in those days it wasn't unusual to have computers dedicated to running a single app (1 for accounts, another for payroll, another for stock control, another for CAD/CAM etc).

Somehow, the OS has become more important than the app over the past 10 years... sort of a return to the mainframe days (but then the app would have been custom written for your particular mainframe).
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: software vendors and open source. Reply with quote

Rhakios wrote:
wyliecoyoteuk wrote:


More interesting was the lunch


It always is, what did you have?

Smile


The usual cold buffet, sausage rolls, prawn sandwiches. and some very interesting Satay.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: software vendors and open source. Reply with quote

wyliecoyoteuk wrote:
and some very interesting Satay.


Which just goes to prove that spice is the variety of life (assuming it was a spicy one) Smile
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