Tim Lister, council fellow on the Cutter Business Technology Trends Council, says litigation "will continue to grow and become a major financial sinkhole until the IT industry reexamines its posture on contracts involving package purchase, contract development, subcontracting and outsourcing."
The Council offers tips for avoiding contract disputes when working on IT projects. They include:
"Through the efforts of thousands of individuals and many major organizations, Linux is being developed at a faster pace than any other operating system in history," according to Bill Claybrook, research director, Linux and Open Source Software at Aberdeen. "This development is being carried out in a very organized manner by many individuals at large companies such as Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, NEC, and SGI, and at many smaller companies like Caldera, Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux, and VA Linux."
Aberdeen cites two major reasons for the fast pace of development:
Aberdeen adds, "These same companies are spending significant amounts of money to develop Linux/Unix affinity strategies in order to provide their customers with the capability to run Linux applications on their Unix solutions.
"As Linux moves into the enterprise and continues its ascent to overtake Windows and replace Unix, the operating system suppliers will have to adopt new business models. Models based on the pre-supposition that vendors can lock in customers with their proprietary operating systems will no longer be suitable."
Security Sales Skyrocket
The worldwide market for Internet security continues to soar across all security markets -- firewalls, encryption software, security authentication, authorization and administration (3A) and antivirus software, according to tech research firm IDC of Framingham, Mass.
IDC reported recently that, overall, worldwide Internet security software revenues jumped 33% to $5.1 billion in 2000. By 2005, IDC is predicting the market will reach $14 billion in revenue.
Security authentication, authorization and administration (3A) software is expected to be the hottest growth area through 2005. Antivirus software is also seen growing quickly, in light of the expected boom of wireless handheld devices able to send and receive data.
More than half of this IT spending (52%) will occur in the U.S., while Asia/Pacific will be the fastest growing market for security software through 2005.