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Open source still looking to shake off concerns

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| Although open source software has gained a place in enterprise networks
| alongside proprietary software, it can't seem to shake doubts about security
| and intellectual-property issues that have long dogged the movement.
|
| "The advantage of open source is that no single entity has authoritative
| control over a project," says Mark Driver, an analyst at Gartner. "There's no
| single choke point." One theory holds that because it's open source, software
| security problems can be discovered quickly, he says. "But one argument says
| open source is less secure and people can put bad things in it, and that's
| true, too," he adds.
|
| Whatever the doubts, the open source movement, now counting in the tens of
| thousands of "communities" of volunteer software developers, is coding en
| masse to yield a bounty of operating systems and applications. Open source is
| not only here to stay, it's transforming traditional commercial software
| practices.
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http://www.networkworld.com/news/200...-concerns.html


Related:

Microsoft shills on the attack again

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| "The real wonder is that there is any users left who buy the grist that comes
| out of the shill mill. It would seem to me that Microsoft has been so fully
| discredited that their methods and minions would also be suspect.
|
| The Microsoft Anti-Trust trial painted them fully as the Enron of the
| Information Industry, with Gartner playing the role of Andersen. How Gartner
| escapes the destructive and discrediting taint of Chairman Bill's own special
| breed of Enronitis is beyond me. Enron collapsed because the investors
| (users) discovered the scam. Andersen kept the scam going long after the jig
| was up.
|
| Will someone please explain to me how what Gartner does is any different?"
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http://www.linux.com/feed/23148


Reality Check: What does Gartner really DO?

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| I have this notion to write a series of columns from time to time under the
| title "Reality Check" -- columns intended to explain how the world of
| Information Technology actually functions. Because like any other entrenched,
| complex, and often closeted industry, things in IT don't really work the way
| many people think they do. I'm guessing the Vatican is a bit like that, too.
| So I'll be looking at various IT players and their roles and trying to put
| them into perspective, much as I did recently with a column or two about the
| role of computer consultants. This week the topic is Gartner Inc., or rather
| all the Gartner-like operations that give advice about technology to
| America's largest businesses: what do these guys actually DO?
|
| Not much of real value I'm afraid -- at least of value in my view.
|
| [...]
|
| Into this knowledge vacuum come the vendors, who want to sell stuff, and the
| consultants like Gartner, Forrester, IDC, and the Yankee Group, who need IT
| managers to feel uncertain about every decision except the decision to buy
| something, anything. Then look at the number of "research reports" that are
| commissioned by vendors. Uh-oh.
|
| The five P's of IT are Pride, Prejudice, Politics, Price, and Performance,
| with the last two being by far the least important. Consultants like Gartner
| are very useful for minding the pride and politics, their real function being
| to provide $2 billion worth of IT management CYA per year.
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http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2...16_004925.html


PC deal could save public sector billions

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| Suffolk told Gartner, “I think we have fundamentally failed on a worldwide
| basis as an IT industry to understand the cost of what we do. And I roundly
| blame Gartner for this, because you guys are the ones who come up with TCO
| [total cost of ownership] benchmarking. It has become a self-fulfilling
| prophecy.
|
| “So, I go out and I pick boring desktop infrastructure. What price do you
| think the suppliers broadly pitch? You will not be shocked to know that it is
| somewhere around the Gartner TCO benchmark.”
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http://www.computerweekly.com/Articl...r-billions.htm


Need some data to support your cause? Hire an analyst

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| CIO.com raises an important issue about the integrity of research being done
| by industry analysts. Namely, if a sponsor pays for the research, do they get
| favorable treatment in that research? *
|
| [...]
|
| I'm not suggesting that the research is corrupted. I'm just suggesting that
| it's hard to remove the taint of sponsored research. Just take a look at
| Gartner's "Hype Cycle" on open source, which is woefully inaccurate, probably
| in part because Gartner gets its information from the vendors who sponsor its
| research, not the customers who are buying into open source in droves. * *
|
| So, the next time you read a report, blog entry, or article, consider who
| pays the writer (including when reading this blog).
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http://www.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-989...bj=TheOpenRoad


http://advice.cio.com/thomas_wailgum..._by?page=0%2C0


Gartner analyst: OOXML important domino

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| Businessweek (Jennifer L Schenker) quoted Gartner analyst Michael Silver last
| week who puts OOXML in a wider commercial perspective...
|
| "appear more open". This is how Gartner views the credibility of the new
| [OOXML] openness....
|
| Look how optimistic Gartner's Silver is...
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http://www.noooxml.org/forum/t-44362...portant-domino


NY Times bans Microsoft analysts from Microsoft stories

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| Just days after banning Enderle from discussing Microsoft because
| he has Microsoft as a client, the Times quoted Gartner analyst
| Michael Silver and AMR Research analyst Jim Murphy in a story
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| about Microsoft's Windows and Office software.
|
| If the paper would prefer not to quote an analyst who has
| experience with a client, it did a poor job. Silver is Gartner's
| * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| vice president in charge of client computing. Microsoft happens to
| * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| do lots of business with Gartner and also happens to have a
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| client-software monopoly. We're guessing that Silver knows
| Microsoft's products well and has direct involvement with the
| company.
|
| And, sure enough, he appears a number of times on Microsoft's
| own site and thousands of times in stories about Microsoft.
|
| Jim Murphy - wait for it - covers Microsoft too and is even more
| prolific than Silver.
|
| [...]
|
| Part of the problem stems from the reticence of companies such as
| IDC and Gartner to reveal their clients. That should make everyone
| nervous, but it doesn't. So called objective technology publications
| keep publishing material bought by vendors without telling you this.
| They're also too lazy or scared to ignore the likes of Gartner and
| IDC until the firms change their disclosure rules.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/12/15/nytimes_ms_ban/


Buy Vista or die

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| Gartner research vice president Michael Silver said that outfits have delayed
| * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| their Vista migrations to the point of stupidity and now some are considering
| late 2008 or even 2009, while others mull skipping the OS completely. *
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...2/07/vista-die


Other Underreported Stories: Analyst Integrity?

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| There was a pretty interesting discussion with views on both sides. Some felt
| that the rumors have been so persistent that, well, where there's smoke
| there's fire. Others saying they have heard from someone who heard from
| someone that once they started paying their exposure improved. Others saying
| it's just like the rumors that magazine advertisers get better reviews, an
| accusation that has been levied to Ziff-Davis publications, as well as
| photography and stereo equipment magazines for years. * * *
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http://weblog.infoworld.com/openreso...tml?source=rss


Credibility Of Analysts

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| Research firms make their living by offering expert advice to business and
| technology people about the best ways to invest their IT dollars. It can be
| invaluable insight, but only if that analysis comes with no strings attached.
| And on that, there's no guarantee. *
|
| Forrester, Gartner, IDC, and others insist their output is squeaky clean, yet
| they also rake in millions providing services to the very same companies they
| monitor, heavyweights like Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. Which leads to
| a question that continues to dog the research firms: How much influence do
| technology vendors have over their work? * *
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http://www.informationweek.com/showA...lyst+influence


http://antitrust.slated.org/www.iowa...00/PX03096.pdf

"Consultants: These guys are your best bets as moderators. Get a well-known
consultant on your side early, but don’t let him publish anything blatantly
pro-Microsoft. Then, get him to propose himself to the conference organizers
as a moderator, whenever a panel opportunity comes up. Since he’s well-known,
but apparently independent, he’ll be accepted - one less thing for the
constantly-overworked conference organizer to worry about, right?"

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * -- Microsoft
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