Burton Group's Guy Creese tells it like it is...

Microsoft's 2010 software suites present "the most complicated lock-in decision in years," and many customers will be justified in sticking with the 2007 versions of Office, Exchange and SharePoint, Burton Group analysts said this week at the Catalyst conference. ...

"Microsoft wants more of your money," said Burton Group analyst Guy Creese. "This is going to be a pretty complicated decision, one that may lead to lock-in. ... If you go forward with all of the 2010 products you will be a Microsoft shop for the foreseeable future because the offering is so monolithic."
If I take my vendor hat off, I really have not understood why IT organizations like to define themselves as an "[insert vendor name here] shop".  Shouldn't your IT strategy be based on your business requirements and the vendors that meet them, rather than following a vendor down a path?  

I realize that my employer has, in the past, been known for espousing the thought of single vendor solutions.  I recall my time in IT, two decades ago, when I thought anything from Lotus had a place in our shop (I still dig that Lotus stuff :-)).  But we weren't a "Lotus shop" or "Microsoft shop" or "HP shop" or any of the above.  We picked what worked and we were successful.  
"We do not believe Google's pronouncement that software-as-a-service is the way of the future, that the world will ultimately be in the cloud only. That's too limiting," Creese said.

Most enterprises will go for a mix of the delivery models, he said.
Pardon me while I, uh, stop and wave goodbye.  I am definitely with Burton on this -- and one of our key design points for LotusLive Notes is to support a hybrid environment of premises-based and cloud-based Domino.
lthough Office 2010 has benefited from SharePoint integration, the new Office is really a "tweak release," not a groundbreaking change, Burton Group analysts said.

Microsoft is essentially bolting Office to SharePoint to prevent customers from moving to other office products, Creese said. ...[W]hether the new user-friendly features "fully justifies a multi-million dollar investment is questionable," Creese said.
Indeed, I can hear the 3.0 Lotus Symphony warming up, right about now....

Link: Network World: Microsoft's 2010 software 'most complicated lock-in decision in years' >

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