Platform Wars: To Whom Will You Pledge Allegiance?

By Carol Ellison  |  Posted 2004-03-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The virtual recruiting posters hang everywhere. Across the Web, in partner conferences and at industry events everywhere, one message is clear: IBM and Microsoft want you--and not jointly.

The virtual recruiting posters hang everywhere. Across the Web, in partner conferences and at industry events everywhere, one message is clear. IBM and Microsoft want you--and not jointly.

Where should you cast your loyalties? Have you made a choice? Two independent software vendors (ISVs)--one a Microsoft partner, the other an IBM partner--tell why they're sticking with the programs they've chosen in this point-counterpoint discussion.

Time to be Picky. So says David Lai, CTO of IBM partner, Viador.

Open Source or Open for Business? That's the question Barry Baker, chief operating officer and CTO of Microsoft partner, eOptimize, is asking.

Read what each has to say, then use the Talkback feature at the end of each column to tell us where you stand.

 
 
 
 
Carol Ellison is editor of eWEEK.com's Mobile & Wireless Topic Center. She has authored whitepapers on wireless computing (two on network security–,Securing Wi-Fi Wireless Networks with Today's Technologies, Wi-Fi Protected Access: Strong, Standards-based Interoperable Security for Today's Wi-Fi Networks, and Wi-Fi Public Access: Enabling the future with public wireless networks.

Ms. Ellison served in senior and executive editorial positions for Ziff Davis Media and CMP Media. As an executive editor at Ziff Davis Media, she launched the networking track of The IT Insider Series, a newsletter/conference/Web site offering targeted to chief information officers and corporate directors of information technology. As senior editor at CMP Media's VARBusiness, she launched the Web site, VARBusiness University, an online professional resource center for value-added resellers of information technology.

Ms. Ellison has chaired numerous industry panels and has been quoted as a networking and educational technology expert in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, CNN Headline News, WNBC and CNN/FN, as well as local and regional Comcast and Cablevision reports. Her articles have appeared in most major hi-tech publications and numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor.
 
 
 
 
 
























 
 
 
 
 
 

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