Sybase chief executive Mitchell Kertzmann is worried that the companies driving the network computer are more interested in money, power and the defeat of Microsoft than customer benefits.
Speaking at the Uniforum conference in San Francisco, Kertzmann told delegates that the NC is the latest platform "paradigm shift" in IT but would not make a strong commitment to it. He said Sybase will "try to work with both" the NC and PC camps but will not commit itself to either.
Kertzmann added: "My concern is: are we responding to customer requirements or are we just doing it for the sake of competitive advantage? Do we want to put our children?s education at risk over the war between distributed computing and centralised computing?"
"When there is a paradigm shift, small companies can get big," he said. "Wealth and power also change. Now we are at the beginning of one of those shifts."
He expressed deep concern for software customers, who may become victims of the platform battle, he believes. "There is no right and wrong and the customers should decide." As fat clients created problems for customers during the reign of the PC, Kertzmann suggested, IT users may find problems with the NC architecture in a few years? time and prompt another platform shift.
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