Stephen nails it as usual.
PHP isn’t suddenly “enterprise ready” because major vendors are supporting it. One the contrary, major vendors are supporting it, and other P scripting languages, because these technologies are already being used… and often by the smartest developers. Vendors can now make a buck supporting these environments… and offering “certified stacks” that “reduce risk”… because a market has been created already.
Its about what’s under the waterline? How can a vendor sail around the iceberg, without making like the Titanic?
Its not like nobody used Linux before IBM started selling boxes that ran the OS. Or Windows for that matter – remember when it was shareware, and flew under the radar screens of purchasing departments and IT departments? Yes we should all have the tee-shirt…
All that said, IBM’s is still a king-maker for enterprise technology. When IBM says a technology is ready for the enterprise then, by definition, it is. That is the Big Blue imprimatur. Its amazing what 100 years of keeping promises can do for your trust rating. Some recent IBM stamps then:
And today’s big news? “Blogging is enterprise ready“. Its not just BusinessWeek readers that need to think about blogs – so do IT staffs. Go IBM. I am looking forward to the nightmare of a bunch of new cool feeds i need to read. dagnabbit…
IBM was not first. But why should it be? If the initiative becomes popular IBM will have more bloggers than all the other firms in tech put together, in pretty short order. This is going to be very interesting to watch, especially from the perspective of somone that has been known to claim they know IBM as well as, if not better than, anyone else out there… The volume of IBM information I parse is already stupidly big. Well now, i need to step up a gear or two. IBM blogging as a personal challenge. Will this madness never end?