Having been in IT for about 15 years, I've had my share of Unix, Linux, and Windows servers and desktops to support ("Staring Down Linux," Oct. 13, 2003). Over that time, Linux has become easier to integrate into the mix, while Windows has become more difficult to work with.
Microsoft could earn my gratitude, as well as my IT dollars, by making sure I can integrate the way I see fit, just like Linux does.
Some things are best done on Windows servers, and others are best done on Linux. I'm not going 100% either way because that's simply not good business sense, so the sooner Microsoft gets on the boat with the real world of IT, the happier I'll be.
Manager of Infrastructure, Caymas Systems, Petaluma, Calif.
RFID Won't End Corruption
Regardless of the inventory-control measures you may employ, every counterfeiting case will, at bottom, have a human element: a corrupt individual trying to "game" or cheat the system ("The New Drug War," Oct. 6. 2003).
I've asked several people, including a couple I'd call "IT visionaries," if they can identify one technology or IT initiative that today is a must for companies, like enterprise resource planning was in the late '90s ("Companies Still Buying And Getting More For Their Dollars," Oct. 6, 2003). All agree that today no technology is an absolute requirement; many are good to have, but no one could come up with one that they'd argue is a must.
Ruben E. Melendez
President and CEO, Glomark, Columbus,Ohio
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