Shakespeare loved to tell tales of big egos brought low by delusions of grandeur. There are several such stories playing out in IT these days:
- Oracle v Google
- Apple v World
- Acer v Acer
The latter is interesting. Acer was the darling of the world selling netbooks with/without GNU/Linux all over the world. They innovated, getting banks and ISP into their sales channels. They reached the #2 spot behind HP briefly. Then smart thingies made a big move and Acer ditched its leader who suggested running with smart thingies. Now Acer has lost growth and is actually losing money as people are grabbing smart thingies instead of notebooks… Talk about chickens coming home to roost and loss of face… and they still don’t get it. The new guy is denying reality, claiming tablets are a flash in the pan (misfire in a flintlock firearm). Others predict a bright future for tablets with or without Acer and M$.