The truth about IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP

Posted by henke54 on Dec 27, 2011 6:45 PM EDT; By Brett Winterford
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Gartner deconstructs the mega-vendors. CIOs should be wary of any claim by a large IT vendor that their set of products can combine to form an ‘integrated suite’, according to analyst group Gartner. In a highly informative session at Gartner Symposium on the Gold Coast yesterday, analyst Dennis Gaughan gave a broad overview of the strategic direction of the world’s largest application vendors IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, with some strong recommendations as to how CIOs should engage with each of them. Combined, the four vendors have US$100 billion at their disposal to influence CIO decisions, he said, but end users needed to ensure they mastered their own destiny by using each of the vendors selectively.

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