They should spend some of that time developing their awesome solution on fixing their US web site. it stinks.
Walmart has delivered on low-price promise and taken a swipe at soon to be arch enemy – by serving its OneOps platform onto Github. The massive grocer – which owns Asda in the UK – promised last year that it would open source the platform, which it is pitching as a way to avoid cloud vendor lock in. It duly announced yesterday …
Wal*Mart is more than a grocer. In the US its a universal store, a bit like the Carrefour chain on the continent, with outlets that are anything from a convenience store to most of a shopping mall. It was established in the bricks 'n mortar world well before online upstarts like Amazon showed what really could be done with on-line supplies and services.
As the article noted this is obviously a way to try to undermine a competitor since its recently dawned on people that the Amazon network infrastructure is much more valuable than the selling stuff part of the business. I'll still put my money on Amazon for the time being -- I don't think its vendor lock-in that users are concerned about, its a mix of reliability and affordability.
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