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apples to oranges

“I don’t know if they have to compete,” he said. “What seems to be working for Microsoft is its serious applications for businesses, education institutions and other enterprises, and if they stay focused on their commercial business that gives them a lot.”

Exactly.

Which is why news articles titled like this one was are misleading, in terms of a company’s overall vitality.

Forrester Wave™: Agile Development Management Tools, Q2 2010

Some pretty interesting tidbits, and overall I thought pretty comprehensive.  Wasn’t surprised to see Rational and Rally at top, was some to see MKS.

Also loved the methodology numbers:

Agile 35%
NOTHING 31%
Iterative 21%
Waterfall 13%

Really?  2010, and a third of respondents (IT “professionals”) are happy to reply “nothing”?  Is that leadership? What exactly are they getting paid to do?

Change, and emerging technologies

Thought provoking column here, by Salesforce.com CEO.

On the one hand I agree with his analysis of paradigm shift, and how dangerous it can be to entrench too deeply.  But, at the same time, his viewpoint seems too……consumer focused.  The more established enterprise vendors can still be viable, even if they aren’t leading in emerging spaces.  And in fact, they can (with Cash) buy into “emerging” eventually, if they are willing to face the music.

That’s why of everything he said, the most applicable to my way of thinking is “change …is difficult to hear in companies that rank seniority over insight.”  That is extremely true.  But its difficult to see major enterprise vendors being wholly devoid of insight.  IBM’s and Microsoft’s are like large ships; they may turn slowly, but eventually they do turn.