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  There Is No Open Source Community
Subject:   The value of an integrated stack (or 1 + 1 = 3)
Date:   2006-01-14 00:50:07
From:   Daniel026
Response to: The value of an integrated stack (or 1 + 1 = 3)

Thanks. It will be interesting to see how you prove that point (IT as a while gravitating towards point solutions). I would argue that most people - ie the end users who outnumber us IT folk millions to one - simply don't care about these arguments. They just want something that solves their problem, and if a solution comes along that does that in a better/cheaper/faster/whatever way then they're most likely to choose that solution. And a well-integrated solution more likely to do that than a point solution in many cases.

I realise this is an oversimplification - factors like intertia (stick with what you're used to), follow-the leader (use what everyone else uses), etc come into play as well.
For what it's worth I would encourage you not to go down the Microsoft bashing route only because it turns a reasoned argument into something religious and emotional, and I think people generally lose perspective. If you're really looking for "the truth", whatever that is, you need to avoid the old religious stuff like the plague.