Bill Gates' Legacy: Constructive Monopolism

Bill_gates_time_magazine_cover_apri Quickly: Gates's monopolistic business practices created a significant benefit for technology users -- a set of standards that greatly streamlined communications and work.

I've grown up with and lived with Bill Gates as the most influential technology leader of the era. Even though he has been slowly backing out of Microsoft for the last five years, his actual July 1, 2008 departure from the company is a milestone worth reflecting on.

What is his single most important legacy? The ability, through monopolistic business practices, to make Microsoft's products global, de facto standards for business and consumers. This created a standard ecosystem of documents, spreadsheets, printer drivers, programs, browsers, and operating systems which enabled people to communicate in a single "language" -- greatly easing the inherent limitations of computer systems.

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British Airways' CIO

Paul_coby_of_baI'm at Forrester's IT Forum EMEA, being held in Lisbon. Over 600 CIOs, enterprise architects, application developers, infrastructure and operations professionals are here -- and lot of great content.

Just got out of session with Paul Coby, CIO of British Airways. Here are some quotes/ideas from Paul that caught my ear:

"There are no such things as IT projects -- there are only business projects."

"SAP is the highest cause of fatalities among CIOs."

"BA as a company apologizes for the problems that we may have caused many of you traveling through Terminal 5 (T5) at Heathrow -- but things are definitely improving."

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