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Poll: Is the rise of the IT supervendors a good thing or a bad thing?

IT superpowers IBM, HP, Oracle, and Cisco have been gobbling up big acquisitions to become the one vendor IT departments need. Is this a good trend or a bad trend? Take the poll.

The superpowers in IT — IBM, HP, Oracle, and Cisco — have been swallowing big acquisitions in recent years in an effort to expand their portfolios and become the one supervendor that an IT department can turn to for almost all of its technology needs.

This was a hot topic this week at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2010 in Orlando. See:

However, while it may be easier to have one company to call when you have problems or need an upgrade, I know a lot of IT departments get nervous about putting all of their eggs in one basket.

What do you think? Answer the poll and then jump into the discussion to explain why you answered the way you did.

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