Stories by Dan Drake

Big surprises can come from smaller vendors

"I told him to go with the biggest company," a father told me. His son was moving from the second-largest to the largest company in his specialty. Though I politely agreed with him, what he said really bothered me.
Company size is one of many factors that his son should have considered. However, there's evidence that smaller companies may be more profitable, and I believe that they're often more innovative.

Guest column: We may be partly to blame for the Microsoft mess

I wonder if we, as enterprise software buyers, aren't unwittingly responsible for the stifling of innovation for which Microsoft stands accused. We may think we're saving money, simplifying vendor relations and promoting integration, but we may be stifling innovation in the PC software market.

We May Be Partly to Blame for the Microsoft Mess

I wonder if we, as enterprise software buyers, aren't unwittingly responsible for the stifling of innovation for which Microsoft Corp. stands accused. We may think we're saving money, simplifying vendor relations and promoting integration, but we may be stifling innovation in the PC software market.