Computerworld has an article titled…
…that reports the findings of a Goldman-Sachs survey of top CIOs (100 decision making managers at mostly Fortune 1000 firms). The article quotes Goldman Sachs speaking in terms of a cost-constrained IT budget scenario. OK, that makes sense given the current economic outlook. They go on to say that server virtualization and server consolidation are their No. 1 and No. 2 priorities. This makes sense too. The 3rd through 5th priorities are cost-cutting, application integration, and data center consolidation. So far, so good. The summary finishes up saying that the bottom of the priority list consists of grid computing, open-source software, content management and cloud computing.
Charles King of Pund-IT, Inc., is quoted saying that the surveyed managers and CIOs simply don’t understand the value of their low-priority items. I agree with Mr. King. In an budget constrained IT environment, Open Source and Cloud Computing are exactly the kinds of technologies that should at least be evaluated.
If you run into any of the Microsoft Open Source Labs (Port 25) people at OSCON, you might want to ask them if they could say a few words about these items sent to the bottom of the priority list by Fortune 1000 decision makers.