|FROM ||Dave Williams
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] Not Ready!
Hey Marco, Michael and Ruben -- Linux is NOT ready for the desktop, and
I have proof!
Behold the pearls of wisdom from Rob Enderle of the Giga Information
Group, as reported from Marco's old neighborhood (Disneyland Paris) in
this article here: http://www.computing.co.uk/News/1141338 -- now
hopefully we can put all this nonsense behind us for the next two years.
RULE OUT LINUX ON THE DESKTOP UNTIL 2005, SAYS GIGA
By Michael Gubbins GigaWorld IT Forum at Disneyland Paris [03-06-2003]
"IT decision makers should concentrate on keeping down costs and
squeezing the best possible deals from suppliers, says analyst"
IT decision-makers should avoid 'platform religion' and rule out Linux
on the desktop until at least 2005, says analyst Giga Information Group.
Research fellow Rob Enderle told delegates to the GigaWorld IT Forum at
Disneyland Paris this week that experimenting with alternatives to
Windows could prove a costly mistake.
'It's a high risk strategy to make any decisions based on being upset
with Microsoft or wanting to give Linux a chance. This is no time for
platform religion,' he said.
Enderle says desktop conservatism should be part of an ultra-cautious
approach to nearly all spending decisions.
'One thing you do not want to be is an early mover. You need to learn
from other people's mistakes.'
If significant changes are to be made, they should be in places where
they were least visible.
'If you're going to make mistakes, you don't want the board or the
stockholders to notice,' he said.
Enderle believes the IT decision-maker should concentrate on keeping
down costs and squeezing the best possible deals from suppliers, through
tough negotiations on short-term contracts and warranties.
'Right now, you need vendors to share as much of the risk as possible.'
We are still in a strong buyers' market, where prices will fall still
further and where suppliers are desperate for business, he says.
'All the vendors are hungry and those companies participating in reverse
auctions are getting the best deals.'
A practical, pragmatic approach to buying was the key theme of the
In his opening address, vice-president Dan Rasmus said the weak economy
dictated an approach based on achieving more business value from less
'We were all hoping this year that we were going to emerge from what we
have called the "triage" stage of IT but that's really not going to
happen. The money isn't there any more.'
But he says the pressure will still be on IT departments to deliver
tangible benefits for companies.
'Businesses are still looking for competitive advantage and are turning
to IT professionals. They say they need more but are not giving any more
money,' he said.
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