Ultimately it is the software application that most IT customers look toward solving their business problems. However software applications have a lot of moving parts sitting logically under the stack that enables the given application. Some of these parts include operating system components, hardware and usually a large amounts of data.
A car, like an IT solution, requires more than a few set of tools to complete the job. While companies share many common problems, as do car manufactures, company solutions ultimately need the entire tool box to be fully utilized. This is necessary in order to get the right solution to a company’s IT problem.
Healthy competition amongst vendors enables multiple degrees of freedom for application solutions, but more technologies in a given vendors tool box only enables the ability to build better IT solutions. The same applies to those who are in the business of building cars. From a business perspective it is absolutely critical that the technologies have to be articulated into a cohesive and complementary strategy for success. For example Ford builds cars, trucks and hybrids. Ford does not depend on putting a truck engine into a Ford Focus and vice versa for obvious reasons. The same applies for technology. No “one solution fits all” has ever been successful in any market.
Venture Capitalists and public companies have been chasing “the” goal for many years that one given technology can satisfy all aspects of a given market. However when you combine and use multiple technologies in your portfolio and present the right business and sales focus the results can be pretty awesome.
Here is a good example of software technologies:
from the tool box combined with partner technology to produce an ultimate software application solution.