Wednesday, May 30, 2007

My surreal work experience for the day

I noted the title of an eWeek article called, "Microsoft to Reach Out to IBM, Cisco on Interoperability" and decided to take a look. Microsoft's on-again, off-again relationship with interoperability is frustrating for our customers, for example when they choose subsets of a given specification to support. So if Microsoft wants to be serious about interoperability, it can only be a good thing, right?

So here's what
Bob Muglia, Microsoft's senior vice president for the Server and Tools division, had to say:

"[Our customer council] basically told me, pretty directly, that while Microsoft's implementation was in great shape, IBM's and others were not, and that Microsoft needed to do a better job helping them do a better implementation," Muglia said. "And I had to think about that, as it is one thing for us to work with customers around interoperability, but quite another to go out and help a competitor build a better product to enable interoperability."

But Microsoft has now decided to go and talk to IBM and BEA Systems and a few others to help improve and define their interoperability. "Ultimately these guys have to make their products good, but there is a lot we can do working with them to make their products interoperate better with us," Muglia said.

IBM could not be immediately reached for comment on Muglia's remarks or its thoughts about improving interoperability with Microsoft.

After I picked myself off the floor, I asked myself, "Why would eWeek allow itself to be used like this?" Clearly, this was simply a marketing move, not a signal of genuine intention to work with IBM. If Microsoft really wanted to work with IBM on interoperability, would it launch this activity by telling eWeek that the goal was for Microsoft to help IBM with our implementation? And without a response from IBM? This is not a news story, it's an advertisement.


Steve Kinder said...

Terry, you are headed for an ulcer. You are turning into a Microsoft watch dog and mainframe bigot. If you need a good gastroenterologist -- let me know. :-)