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.

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