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API Wars - Microsoft and the Enterprise

Surely the real deal with Microsoft's API switch is the switch in focus within Microsoft towards "the enterprise".

They've been buying enterprise software vendors like Solomon and Great Plains for the last couple of years. Last year apparently they tried to buy SAP! All their recent innovations in Office (sharepoint, infopath etc) have been for the enterprise market. Didn't Bill Gates make some comment recently that hardware was going to be free?

The point is, in enterprise deals, you buy the functionality - the whole shebang, and the hardware and operating system - even the office apps, are just a part - the price you pay is for the whole enchilada, much of which is consulting.

So whether its a web app, a rich client or something else doesn't much matter, you get the best deal from the vendor you pick, and they supply everything from the silicon up.

In that context .Net is hardly a threat - it's positioning them to be able to deliver the whole stack.

c-choox
Thursday, June 17, 2004

Windows homogeny doesn't exist in the enterprise.

Sassy
Thursday, June 17, 2004

" the price you pay is for the whole enchilada, much of which is consulting."

According to (was it Philo?) Microsoft is NOT interested in SERVICES.  Higher margins for software. Write once, sell a billion times.

Mr. Analogy
Thursday, June 17, 2004

Seems to me like services make it easier to write-once and sell a billiion times. 

"Here's my web service.  You can call it from any platform you like.  By the way, it'll cost you n cents per call/n $ per license/whatever."

Joe
Thursday, June 17, 2004

He means services provided by a human being, as in consulting.

Ian Olsen
Thursday, June 17, 2004

Ahh, gotcha, thanks :)

Joe
Thursday, June 17, 2004

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