Here is the thing: I was wrong! I followed the wrong path for more than 12 years :(
Why am I saying that and why should you care? I tell you what: If you are not a developer of corporate systems and you are not working for a corporation and are not running your own business, you should probably just cary on surfing, this post won't mean much to you.
BUT IF YOU ARE... keep on reading - well, just a suggestion ;)
I start from the beginning: When I began working in the industry (IT that is) there was the good guys and the evil guys. The good ones where using Unix and as much open source as possible, the evil ones where all called Bill and lived behind big gates trying to take over the world!
Microsoft was trying to extend and extend and extend. They had sales people in every government organization, every school, every bigger corporation and they did a good job. They sold! This was something that us Linux geeks really pissed off. So we closed our eyes to everything MS and just focused on what we thought where better solutions. Fair enough.
Now, more than a decade later, it seems like (at least) I made a mistake there. Just recently I discovered MS SharePoint. This is a collaboration platform as well as an information base, as well as a CMS, a CRM, a business intelligence center and pretty much everything you tell it to be. It is fairly easy to use and quite inexpensive. It can do just about everything you need and is easy to extend to cover all the things you want.
Why did I spent all this years developing software which did the same thing (obviously not that comprehensive)? This encounter opened my eyes towards MS. I am about to turn around on my preconceptions. I still hate that MS website really only work in IE. I don't like the recklessness copy right violation is punished with but I can start to see the point. The MS business projects are really good products. There is a reason for the price tag and while I am not going so far to sanction everything the representative, owner and CEO of MS does, I must admit that Billy boy doesn't seem to be the devil. After all he is funding the worlds richest charity organization and sinks just about all his money and the money of his mega rich friends into it.
The reason for me to write this blog post (I guess) is to share my mistake and warn about being narrow minded. Avoiding a technology because of ignorance isn't the smartest move and I am looking forward to a future in which I will be able to offer much more comprehensive and complete services to my clients. I guess I needed a while to grow up. It cost me a lot of money and opportunities but I finally did and it feels quite good. I am looking forward to new, exciting projects in the LAMP AND the MS world from now on.
PS. Check out our improved website ... any comments are more than welcome.
We have great news. We went into partnership with a local agency which will outsource a lot of their work to us. We love to work with other web professionals and I am looking forward to a great partnership. We are also working on our website. It can be hard to find time for improving the own website when there are so many clients projects but I took some time of my day and added a lot of content. The web site is much better structured now and we added some references. This is a work in progress, but the great thing is that we use our own CMS, created on basis of Silverstrype to do the website, which makes it very easy for me to change it around. We are also spending more time with typo3 and typo light (not as close to each other as the name would suggest) as alternatives to Silverstripe. Check out our improved website ... any comments are more than welcome.