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Re: Fwd: RE: [dist-obj] Axiomatic comparison of CORBA and
>The winner of the DCOM-CORBA war was HTTP because it delivered >a
>killer app - sharing of information - and because a certain >company
>ade sure CORBA wasn't widely deployed.
>That company was in a position to use DCOM to write the same killer app.
>Did it not think of writing that app? Or, when it (and everone else) saw
>that app emerge, why didn't they do it 'better' with DCOM?
In case this wasn't a rhetorical question:
The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary National Bestseller
That Changed The Way We Do Business
by Clayton M. Christensen
explained to me why companies miss so called "disruptive" technology. They
try to improve their existing technology - oriented towards their current
customers. This is only natural because it reduces risk. Christensens
describes how companies go for the "upper right quarter" of the customer
segment: high value products for an existing customer base. If a new
technology enters at the lower left quarter (low price, no established
customer base) the companies internal cost and management structure
prohibits going after that technology. Or how should a middle manager
justify spending a couple of millions on unknown territory - money that
could be better spent on existing technology with known customers waiting
I don't read a lot of business books but this one I recommend (OK, I
got this originally from Jeff Sutherland (;-)
On CORBA vs. WebServices:
Looks like XML is used almost everywhere in computing - except where I
would like to see it most: As the foundation of publishing processes.
Did large companies change their information production process by
using markup? From my experience it ain't easy to convince e.g.
financial analysts to drop word and excel and switch to an XML editor.
I'd love to hear about successful projects in this area!
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