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March 23, 2004

The Platform or the Package

In this post, Tim Bray talks about the 25-Year Value Proposition. He discusses the dilemma organisations face when replacing aging IT systems. The point he misses, I think, is that when mainframe systems reach the end of their lives they are replaced not by technologies (J2EE or .NET) but by packages (like SAP or Peoplesoft). Then you don't need to be sure that the technology will last, but that the package (or packages) you choose will.

Which means that you still have a dilemma, just a slightly different one.

Posted by Andy Todd at March 23, 2004 08:22 PM