Joe McKendrick

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Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. As an independent analyst, he has authored numerous research reports in partnership with Forbes Insights, IDC, and Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. Joe speaks frequently on cloud, data, and enterprise computing topics at industry events and Webcasts. He is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. In a previous life, Joe served as director of the Administrative Management Society (AMS), an international professional association dedicated to advancing knowledge within the IT and business management fields. He is a graduate of Temple University.

Joe McKendrick has no direct investments in the companies he covers. He is contracted for research work for Forbes and Information Today that is sponsored by various software and technology solution providers. Over the past two years, sponsors have included AWS, Dell, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, and VMware. These engagements are disclosed on any blog posts mentioning these companies.

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When vendor business models vanish

When vendor business models vanish

A couple of years back, I posted a piece, based on my own observations, on how megashifts can wipe out entire industries in a matter of a few years, as well as seemingly well-entrenched business processes.  In light of recent events -- such as Microsoft coming out of its official state of denial about open source and Linux -- I thought I would revive the post.

November 3, 2006 by in PCs