Windows XP is an enterprise favorite that has been able to weather an entirely new operating system from Microsoft. But Windows 7 is a different force altogether. And although some companies have been loath to switch to the new platform, 2011 could be a banner year for Windows 7.
When a company plans to develop a product, it might first have an eye on the consumer space, but it typically always wants its offering to have an appeal to enterprise customers as well. As history has shown time and again, there are some companies that fully understand how to appeal to both consumers and enterprise customers – and there some companies that don't. The average company tries desperately to appeal to enterprise customers and fails miserably every time. Admittedly, the enterprise is a tough space for most companies to capitalize on. It's heavily entrenched in its ways, and the kind of functionality that enterprises desire isn't typically offered by vendors that focus on consumer products. It's simply a tall order for most firms to garner the attention of the enterprise and profit heavily. Realizing that, it's a good time to look at some of the products that will have a rough 2011 in the enterprise. Some of the following products will be released next year, while others have been out for quite some time. In either case, they will experience an extremely difficult 2011. Read on to take a look.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
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