Your vendors, a love-hate dynamic

05/12/2009 | InformationWeek

The first rule in the IT vendors' handbook, according to MIT professor Howard Anderson: "Never let your products fall into a commodity-pricing category." The first rule for chief information officers: "Drive your strategic vendors to commodity pricing." Anderson examines the relationship between CIOs and vendors, focusing on how Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems -- particularly Sun's open-source MySQL database-management system -- illustrates the underlying dynamic.

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