coopetition or else they will step on each other's toes.
What does this reinvention require? Complete modularization of software components that can be stitched together to provide highly customized business process for any enterprise.
Cisco CEO John Chambers said, in January 2004, "We believe that to compete in this environment we're about to go into, with very good competitors from Asia, etc., that our productivity per employee needs to be $700,000," and seems convinced that increasing the productivity of Cisco's workers is the key to Cisco's competing effectively in the global marketplace.
IBM's own services business reinvention is according to, Paul Horn, IBM's Senior Vice President for Research, "If you can think about your company as a collection of components, then you can re-engineer and optimise them. You don't have to have a four-year ERP job with an uncertain return, you can model the pieces in a simple way will make your returns much higher. It is the start of a revolution in how the whole software and services industry is going to deliver value. It is probably the biggest change in the IT industry, maybe ever. ... It's a big change for us and a critical change in the way IBM thinks about itself. We use technology to provide value to customers so that they don't have to outsource their business to the lowest labour cost in the world, because they're generating huge amounts of value."
The upshot of this posting? I wonder how many U.S. companies are thinking this radically?