How the hell can Microsoft poach IBM’s chief software architect and noone in Redmond blogs it? Not a sausage. nish. nowt. niet. nothing. zilcho.
The PR splash page is pretty much beyond lame, because Don is nothing if not human, full of quirks and foibles and contradictions. The guy is interesting. Talking of beyond lame, apparently IBM has now deleted Don’s blog posts from IBM.com (via webmink), in the process porking my blog post from yesterday. luckily google cache will keep em, and that I gleaned some material before they did. Couldnt IBM just thank Don for his contributions and leave it at that? Airbrushing history is never a good look.
Dave Shields recently argued IBMers should blog from their own platform, rather than through developerworks. I can now see a bloody good reason to do just that. IBM seems to not appreciate some facts about the new patronage economy. People don’t want to make contributions you can nuke. They want to work for you but have some small degree of autonomy. Deleting blogs is like editing blogs when nobody is looking. It just smells wrong. Can you imagine if Cote left and we deleted peopleoverprocess? Self-defeating I am sure you’d agree. What if Bobby Woolf joined Microsoft? How much IBM SOA documentation would be lost?
But back to happy happy. If Scoble was still at Microsoft he would have done something on Ferguson joining for sure. Hey Scoble – nice opportunity for podtech here. If channel 9 doesn’t have its act together why don’t you interview Don so we can find out more?
Come on Microsoft you need to up your game. Or does silence indicate something else? Dare, for example, is not exactly fan of enterprise architecture people. I would have thought at least Don Dodge would have something to say. Or Don Box. Or someone. oh well perhaps with time. For now the only people that seem to notice are the lotus eaters.
disclaimers: IBM patron, Microsoft occasional client