So I saw another blog post today on CMS that made me kind of smile. Generally I dig these guys since they are successfully stay independent and paint the ugly and beautiful equally well. Howeverm this was the 3rd or 4th time this week where I heard about a proliferation of companies building out all of this tooling to make Sharepoint enterprise grade and it got me thinking. Does MS mention these guys when they say how cheap Sharepoint is compared to the competition? Don't know and not accusing, just wondering.
I only have 2 points to make on this
1) I have no issue with companies trying to fill in gaps with a big product. It's a good biz (just ask Henry and Steven at Binary Tree). Also if you get lucky maybe someday the big guy buys you (or they just release a similar feature and crush you). But again at this moment in time spakle for the big guys cracks is good biz.
2) I do have an issue with anyone who compares TCO and only includes licensing costs. If you are an enterprise, and you actually consider this propoganda shame on you and I have a lovely bridge I'd like you to see.
That goes for my open source buddies as well. SW wise TCO is the easy case to make BUT if you need a whole slew of extra SW to run it or people to operate it or HW to support it then you lose all of your credibility.