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The Value of Solutions Vendors

Apr 04, 20061 min
Data Center

I was just researching a company in the Ajax market (you’ll have to read next week’s Network World Web Applications newsletter to find out which one) when I realized something …

A lot of the technology that we’ve all been so excited about — particularly what has become associated with Web 2.0 — has matured to the point where it is complex enough that you can’t just get some tools and build something if your goal is to make money. This is where solutions vendors come in — companies that not only offer toolkits to allow companies to use the technologyies but also provide expertise in integrating the technologies with business processes. The fact is that anything worth doing with computers is complex and Web 2.0 stuff is no exception particularly if making money is the goal.


Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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