Microsoft Pickets Salesforce.com at Cloudforce
It made me think! Why is Microsoft picketing salesforce.com. Could it be that they don’t like what the cloud is doing to their business? Could it be that cloud computing will demolish IT as we know it? Could it be that Microsoft has figured out that they are a dinosaur? Hmmm…
Today millions of people and an entire ecosystem of companies selling billions of dollars worth of goods are involved in an activity that history will paint as the rough equivalent to “sticking a needle in your eye.”
- You allocate a significant percentage of your people and dollars and have them work on things that are out of your core competency
- Once you have done that, start buying parts that you have to put together, operate, and be totally responsible for
- And for the cherry on the top – you will have to pay the companies that sold you the bag of parts just to pick up the phone when you call
Sound like a good deal?
No way! Yet, I would say that is a fair description of the global IT market as it is today – and it’s painful!
Benefit can be derived, but high costs, risks, and distractions to your core business are CRAZY OUT OF CONTROL!
The way I look at it, IT in its current incarnation is going the way of the dodo bird. The global pervasive network called the Internet allows us to consume our IT in a better way – hosted and operated in the cloud by companies who make it their business to do it well. And the best part, if you don’t like it, you change. No bag of parts, no big capital expenditures to hold on to, no regrets. You can even call them without having to pay something extra. It’s all good.
Over the next 10 years – the “old” tech companies will either completely reinvent themselves or perish! This is their buggy whip-to-automobile moment. Cloud is it – it’s cheaper, better, and easier.
So to Microsoft – I am sorry – we will not go back to the old ways. We have seen the light – and its name is CLOUD!