First of all, I apologize to all my readers for not writing in a while, we had a very busy 4th quarter. One of the things we did was to participate in the CMG conference in Las Vegas. Well Vegas was great. I’m the kind of guy that takes pride in losing money, since that means I played and played. If you end up winning, it just means you were not playing enough, doesn’t it?
A few things I found out during the conference:
All the different vendors had this big statement, “We can provide end-to-end visibility.” Funny, none of them have a real end-to-end transaction tracing product.
So after a lot of thought I understood what they REALLY meant: “We can sell you different stuff for your entire topology (‘end-to-end’), but it will be a different product with no integration whatsoever for every different tier in your topology—product A for your user experience, product B for your app server, product C for your database, and product D for your network…”
They will talk to all the different IT departments (‘end-to-end’), try to sell you an expensive and long-term site license (‘end-to-end’), and then make you pay them for every hour of integration and installation (‘end-to-end’). After you have a bunch of them working for you daily for months on different implementation projects (‘end-to-end’), you’ll find yourself in pretty much the same place you were before, only without a budget for products that can actually help.