Packaged applications vendors are starting to limit the number of platforms they support, so users would be advised not to move too far from the mainstream in future or they could be left in the lurch.
Suppliers are beginning to baulk at the number of databases, operating systems and client offerings that they need to support in today?s complex IT world and so are quietly dropping less popular environments to cut costs, according to Erik Keller, Gartner Group analyst at the consultancy?s fifth annual Enterprise Systems conference in Chicago this week.
?Vendors will try to move more and more stuff to one environment and they?re banking on the fact that users won?t yell too hard. NT is becoming the server of choice, and SAP made this clear when it said its Internet products would only be available on that platform. It made the same promise for its Business Information Warehouse, but users stood up and said ?no way?, so it capitulated, which proves you can have an impact if you all stand together,? he said.
He continued: ?Your vendors will try to move you in a certain direction and if they don?t think it?s worth it, they?ll shoot the platforms. So, I wouldn?t go too far off the mainstream or you may be abandoned.?
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