So we are all hoping IBM goes under
less competition :)
Or at least competition on a more equal footing.
That is what I think a lot of the corps peeps don't realise, a lot want them to fail.
No one is in the stock market at the mo, and so we will be seeing a load of mergers happen soon as the bigger fish eat the smaller big fish. These new mega corps, well won't be as mega perhaps as they were. Mergers tend to mean redundancies sometimes to a smaller size overall then the buying company was before the merger; some people have jobs because the competition exists.
The big service companies never appeal to the SMEs, for the simple reason their software solutions are too cumbersome, designed to be used in large scale operations (and then not particularly well, but more for the benefit of the service provider).
I suppose I don't think this recession will be like the ones before. There is lots of money around, and people don't know where to put it (mattress anyone?). Eventually people will realise you have to get involved in SMEs either start ups or invest in ongoing, I am kinda looking forward to it all.
You can make far more money investing early in a small business then you can on the markets, and smaller outfits tend to get the people mix right, sure some fail but hey, the ones that succeed get to be the new corps in a decades time, it is a great big cycle.