"Super Vendors" are IT industry's biggest threat

Beancounters at Gartner are warning that the tech industry is caught in a “vortex of insatiable mergers and acquisitions” which is creating a category of “super vendors”.

These super vendors are faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a steam locomotive… actually Big G is worried about these highly integrated offerings they might be peddling.

Speaking at the Gartner annual Symposium Itxpo, Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president of research, slammed the accelerating trend by tech firms to avoid having clever ideas by buying an outfit that has already had one.

Sondergaard told ComputerWorld that acquiring innovation – whatever that means – is one thing, maintaining it is completely different. Whatever that means.

He said it was impossible for a company to be a one stop shop as users will not accept architectural mediocrity.

The statement is pretty bold and flies in the face of what the Industry is actually doing. If Sondergaard is right then it means that outfits like IBM, HP and Oracle could be steering in the wrong direction. While Sondergaard didn’t mention any names his list of “super vendors” would have to include these big three.

IBM has plans to spend $20 billion on acquisitions over the next five years which is more than double the amount it spent over a decade.

While Sondergaard is right that such moves to cloud based computing will lead to a technology mediocrity for companies we are not convinced that outfits will not fall for it.

After all, they all rushed to big outsourcing in the last decade which is a philosophy which many found painted them into a corner of mediocrity.