September RCP: Aux Armes, Microsoft and Symantec!
There was a time, of course, when Microsoft couldn't do without vendors like
Symantec (and maybe it still can't -- but that remains to be seen). Big security
players were the cops who kept Windows from looking like some dark, dangerous,
back-alley operating system and held most -- if definitely not all -- of the
attacks that threatened various versions of the OS at bay. Windows needed security,
and Symantec and friends happily -- and profitably -- provided it. And they
But if there are three things that are inevitable in life, they are these:
death, taxes and Microsoft invading its partners' markets. It's Symantec's turn
now, as Redmond has launched its Forefront suite in an attempt to unseat the
leader in enterprise endpoint security. From now on, these old friends will
also be rivals, taking up arms like two great empires preparing for battle --
while still collaborating to stave off threats to Windows.
Partners, of course, are caught in the middle of this impending war -- and
profitably so, if they play both sides well enough. In this
month's RCP, we use plenty of historical allusions to describe the
between Microsoft and Symantec and how it will affect both companies' partners.
And here's a little teaser to get you to click
the link -- an excerpt from an exclusive interview with Symantec CEO John
Thompson, who weaves a subtle tapestry of words in his description of Forefront
(just in case you doubted the presence of rancor in this new-world relationship):
"When the hype settles down, people have to settle into the pragmatic
reality, which is that [Microsoft's] product sucks."
Oh, it's on now!
What's your take on Microsoft Forefront and Symantec? Sound off at email@example.com.
Posted by Lee Pender on September 07, 2007 at 11:54 AM