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:
- The supervendor debate: Will there be an IT buyer backlash?
- IT supervendors: They can buy innovation, but can't maintain it
- Tech mergers: Are the giants just fighting the last war?
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.
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Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.