Stories by Anthony Strattner

  • Creative destruction

    Enterprise applications used to be the proverbial diamonds of the IT-services market - a solutions integrator's best friend. Just as you could count on relentlessly falling prices for computer and networking hardware, you could likewise be sure that enterprise software would stay relatively resistant to commoditisation.

  • Independence daze

    It has been said that an idealist is someone who is sufficiently distant from a problem. To confirm the accuracy of this definition, look no further than academia and politics - the only two professions that are able to sustain idealism's colossal blunders. (Indeed, politics thrives on them.) Thankfully the market imposes natural checks on idealism, because businesspeople must solve the central problem of human life - transforming finite resources into valuable products and services for a profit - or they will fail. It is a tough, full-time job to which idealists add little value beyond cheerleading for "excellence".

  • The cost of war for the DOJ

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has finally found a charge against Microsoft that has political resonance, which means it may well stick: "Predatory intent." It seems unlikely that Microsoft will effectively refute this charge. A default strategy would be for Microsoft to show that its competitors are equally predatory. Thus the company's machinations to limit rivals' market access or share may be argued as an ultimately self-protective response. Not a great defense.