A brief survey of some considerations
Server software is undergoing constant changes, not only from within (through progress in server technology) and without (through new attacks and changes to other technology) but also through changes and controversy within the IT industry. For example, in 2006, Microsoft was able to woo weary customers away from Oracle. Oracle suffered delays in presenting Fusion.
Into the void left by Oracles neglect, Microsoft swarmed with BizTalkServer to integrate easily with PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel.
On the other side of the sectarian fence, there is the continuing trend toward open source. Only, in recent years, this trend has been toward bigger users. As Larry Greenemeier joked in Information Weekly , in September of 2005, server by web server, data centers of a growing number of major companies are taking on a new personality, one that smells of the ocean and waddles when it walks.
In choosing server-sided software, where are we going and where do you go? The answer isnt clear and yet it could be critical. You choice will really be restricted by a few different factors, of course.
- If you're in a PC environment, and you don't have a mass backlash against this, you are not likely going to be able to sell your users on the excellence of open source.
- Budget is a consideration, of course, as well as your network needs. Microsofts WindowsSmall Business Server 2003 lists its features as the ability to access e-mail, contacts, and business data when you travel. That description doesnt really imply robust, versatile server software. But we bet its in a most businesss budget limitations.
- Oracle is really the leader. Is Fusion going to be well worth the wait perhaps?
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