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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.

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.