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Intermedia to Microsoft Hosted Partners: 'Don't Be a Sheep'
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| Intermedia has launched a whimsical ad campaign that pokes fun at Microsoft's
| hosted-services partner program to encourage customers to partner with
| Intermedia instead of the software giant.
| The ad campaign and accompanying Web site advise partners who are considering
| offering Microsoft hosted business-productivity services not to be "sheep"
| by "handing all of your customers to Microsoft."
Burton study: Follow the herd
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| When you are a large customer you are powerful. Never admit that you still
| depend on Microsoft products. It is plain stupid. Start your Linux pilot.
| This annoys your supplier and secures you an appeasement cash-in. Consider
| alternative products and talk about them. That drives them so crazy that they
| even draft contracts that prohibits you to talk about alternative software.
| Eventually you find out that you don't need their products. Better for you.
| Stick to midterm open standards migration. The IDABC definition gets it best,
| this is why they invest so much in lobbying against. I am very curious how
| the Open Specification Promise (OSP) would make OOXML IDABC Open standards
| compatible. I strongly doubt it is.
| OOXML is part of a negotiation process. Can Microsoft be forced to support
| ODF? Absolutely. The stronger the rest of the market negotiates the better
| the results. No one benefits from bowing in.
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