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Microsoft has bagged one of the brains behind IBM's application server and middleware strategies to land a bigger punch in corporate computing. The chief architect for IBM's software group, Donald Ferguson, has quit the computing giant after 22 years, during which time he architected and helped establish the WebSphere …

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But the point is...

The point is, surely, that IBM develops these people - while Microsoft can only pluck them, fully formed...

Well, that's going a bit far, perhaps; but it does seem that IBM has a culture that understands Enterprise computing, while Microsoft is trying to develop one.

Microsoft has plenty of brains and is acquiring the right people - but I wonder if building the "culture" needs even more than that?

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