The Same for Both Worlds

, Jun 1, 2005

Thought-provoking stuff from Tim Ewald:

All of this makes me think about a conversation I had with Jon Udell recently about the extent to which the phenomenon that is innovation on the Internet can be repurposed for use inside a company. Are the economics and politics (which a wit recently described to me as layers 8 and 9 of the OSI stack ;-) really the same? Are the technology choices really the same? Do you need Internet-style absolutely heterogenous systems inside a company, or is a somewhat more constrained environment possible? And should we be striving to build a single technology base to suite both worlds?

I think this is a very interesting question. Is the fact the “public Web” works so differently from what we do within a company’s closed boundaries a simple fact of life or a sign of a problem?

On June 1, 2005 10:55 PM, Mark Baker said:

Problem! Just try integrating two different IT systems after an acquisition, then tell me it ain’t. 8-)

On June 1, 2005 11:55 PM, Stefan Tilkov said:

Strange — I somehow knew you’d say that :-)