||Monday, January 10, 2005
After a quick hit on Intel CEO Craig Barrett's on stage encounters with Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler (download the MP3),
David Berlind interviews THINKStrategies founder and managing director
Jeff Kaplan to get his insights into utility computing, managed
services, outsourcing, and the IT research sectors in 2005.
Kaplan gives advice for potentially displaced IT workers
and identifies the companies to watch as a growing percentage of IT
budgets are allocated to services versus capital
While Kaplan says that IBM, HP, EMC, Sun and
Oracle are moving into position to take advantage of the shift in IT
culture, that doesn't mean they're out of the woods just yet. HP
for example fumbled its utility strategy in 2004 and has a consumer
strategy that Kaplan says is a distraction as long as the company isn't
broken up. More management changes could be on the way there while, at
Computer Associates and Microsoft, adjustment away from
annuity-based revenue streams are imperative for those companies to
survive the new IT order.
For IT workers that have been or could be displaced, it's time to
stop commiserating says Kaplan, and instead, start forming a plan of
attack which includes picking up the necessary skills to stay
competitive in a global economy. Consolidation is far from over
and Kaplan predicts a mop-up of many of the services sector's smaller
Finally, on the heels of Gartner acquiring the META Group, Kaplan talks
about the shrinking demand for IT research and the balance that large
research outfits must strike betweeen servicing vendors and enterprise
buyers without creating brand-threatening conflicts of interest.
© Copyright 2005 David Berlind.