For some time now, many of the best and brightest minds in Silicon Valley have been focused beyond enterprise software. The New York Times carries a feature today on Silicon Valley's efforts in solar power, coinciding with a steady drumbeat of news on Silicon Valley and Green Energy.
Add to this the dominance of consumer-facing players like Google and the push of Software-as-a-Service vendors like Salesforce.com and you have what appears to be a complete rout of the traditional enterprise software market. Selling upfront license fees for millions and dinging enterprises on an annual basis is sooooo 20th Century.
All of which begs for the rise of the IT department again.… Read more