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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Not invented here (N.I.H) syndrome is the single biggest hurdle to IT professionals getting their hands on the coolest technologies around. You've heard of it. You've probably even been a part of it. We all think our guys are smarter than theirs. Sometimes we're right, but mostly we're blind. In technology, things both cool and stupid are most often architected, designed, developed and built in a vacuum. Sometimes we build things for the wrong reason or simply because we can. Sometimes we build things for the right reason--the world needs it and the business case is compelling. And sometimes we do the wrong thing, but for the right reasons. Let me give IBM some credit. It was arguably the worst-ever N.I.H company in storage, but it seems to have finally seen the light. IBM spent 54 gazillion dollars over the last seven years trying unsuccessfully to build a Network Appliance (NetApp) NAS-killing product line only to wake up and smell the cheese recently. IBM finally recognized that while this might have made sense if it was ever able to actually do it--and ... Access >>>

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