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   RE: [xml-dev] Re: Where does the "nothing left but toolkits" myth come f

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Umm... right.

The trends are still aggregation and niche burglary.  In English, 
any business with a reasonably fat data pipeline, particularly 
those in need of viz tools, are seeking each other with the 
matchmaker being the global services megamarts like IBM scooping 
up the profits.  They will quickly be followed by the data marts 
like Google who are applying their ever smarter search/mining toolkits 
to ever narrower topical domains.


Those guys weren't in our business last year, but I was expecting 
them as soon as they saw the money.   The only IP left is the 
middleware with the business rules.

So, currently, it's still about interfaces and message types, and 
trying to find a protected niche.  It gets harder every day to 
make a buck in software.  The Wal-Marts of the Web are quickly 
taking out even the larger local shops.


From: Robin Berjon [mailto:robin.berjon@expway.fr]
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 8:41 AM

Then maybe this would be a nice time to explain how XML is being broken 
instead of handwaving FUD in people's faces on xml-dev? To paraphrase 
you somewhat, right now you tend to sound a lot like a Republican 
president looking for WMDs.


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