04.18.08

Yankee Group Busted for Microsoft Shilling Again, Forced to Destroy Lies

Posted in Antitrust, Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Virtualisation at 2:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

To those who are familiar with the Yankee Group, none of this should be surprising. We even covered this before and will continue to do so in the future.

For many years this so-called ‘research’ group has been carrying out anti-Linux studies (read: manufactured publications for clients) that had been commission by Microsoft. Even recently, The Yankee Group’s founder called open source “a religion” and mocked it for some kicks.

At the moment the group is just trying to get rid of this stigma which it earned itself, but it’s finding new targets. This time it’s VMWare and it’s already backfiring.

Yankee Group pulls ‘inaccurate’ report

[...]

Virtualisation vendor VMware objected to a number of inaccuracies in the virtualisation report, which seemed to favour its competitor Microsoft. The report still being carried on Microsoft’s site, although VMware has asked Microsoft to remove it from there too – as yet, this requested has not been responded to.

VMware said it didn’t “send the mob guys” around to Yankee Group and that the analyst had removed the report, Virtualisation Price War: VMware’s Little Big Horn? from its website.

The complaint centres on the comparisons that were used. VMware said the report didn’t compare “apples with apples” in technology terms, as it lined up Microsoft’s hosted Virtual Server functionality and pricing with VMware’s “bare metal” offering, instead of with VMware Server. The report also double-counted licencing costs on VMware implementations, and contained inaccuracies in its price list by failing to list VMware’s bundle options and its á la carte pricing compared with those of its rivals, VMware claimed.

This sounds familiar, does it not? There are many other tricks that Microsoft is using against VMWare and it’s quite safe to predict antitrust complaints, which VMWare has already warned about (speaking of pre-bundling specifically). In the above, mind the fact that the Yankee Group tossed out its ‘study’ (hard work, wouldn’t you think?) without a fight and Microsoft got itself a copy very fast, which gives a clue about sponsorship. Learn how disclosure rules work (or simply don't work in the case of Microsoft).

Other analysts you need to watch out for at the moment for are people like Gartenberg, Silver and more recently Forrester (no direct citations here, but very much on purpose). They are close to Microsoft and they currently try to spread out the message that there is no point looking beyond and away from Windows to consider Apple Macs and GNU/Linux.

“Learn how disclosure rules work (or simply don’t work in the case of Microsoft).”The Gartner Groups can even use headlines like “Windows is collapsing” merely to attract the readers’ attention (especially Microsoft skeptics) and assure that the future is all Windows. They try to stop CIOs from doing the logical thing.

Regarding the attention-grabbing headlines, it’s a viral marketing trick. We wrote about videos from YouTube before and Microsoft continues to pull these tricks, most recently with a stunt that attracted bloggers attention (fake ‘internal’ Vista ad, a corny 80s-style music video). Innocent bloggers spread it further and further. This helps Microsoft’s image and promotes its products. We mustn’t be fooled here.

I contacted Gartenberg the other day because in articles which praise or/and defend Windows he describes himself as: “Michael Gartenberg is vice president and research director for the personal technology and access and custom research groups at JupiterResearch in New York.” Of course he won’t tell you that he is a former Microsoft evangelist working for Microsoft very briefly (and getting paid by them). He later wrote some anti-Linux slurs and spread them to many networks. His response to me was not surprising (a denial) and it brought back to mind the latter part of the following quote:

“Analysts sell out – that’s their business model… But they are very concerned that they never look like they are selling out, so that makes them very prickly to work with.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

More from the same antitrust exhibit (a document from Microsoft):

“In the face of strong competition, Evangelism’s focus may shift immediately to the next version of the same technology, however. Indeed, Phase 1 (Evangelism Starts) for version x+1 may start as soon as this Final Release of version X.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

“Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy’s, is a key evangelism function during the Slog. “Independent” analyst’s report should be issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring them). “Independent” consultants should write columns and articles, give conference presentations and moderate stacked panels, all on our behalf (and setting them up as experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour). “Independent” academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and research money granted). “Independent” courseware providers should start profiting from their early involvement in our technology. Every possible source of leverage should be sought and turned to our advantage.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

Be careful what you read out there. Microsoft has a large army of shills doing its marketing work on the Web and also in the printed literature. It’s a fact. Even university professors can no longer be trusted due to Microsoft’s academic kickbacks. All these practices make a corrupt industry, an academia that is not credible and an unpleasantly unethical society. Microsoft never changed its ways.

It’s Almost Official: ISO is Controlled by Microsoft, by Insiders

Posted in Fraud, ISO, Microsoft, Open XML, Standard at 12:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Protests in Norway (OOXML)

ISO can twist, shout or even whine about personal attacks all it wants. It knows very well that it has too much to hide and its damage control attempts have thus far done more harm than good [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

When it comes to actual proof, too much evidence was gathered which shows that it had probably been corrupted (just like most parties that were involved in this saga since the early days). Here is some of the latest.

Recall our previous post about Alex Brown and the British Library. For some reason, anti-FOSS brigadier Jeff Gould has just reposted this copy of one press release that serves as another smoking gun against ISO, which has conflicting interests where Microsoft is concerned. This was also caught by linux.com just hours ago. We append this press release to this item for future reference.

The same press release was sent to us yesterday by someone whose name shall not be disclosed but whose level of authority is high. He added:

“As Dr Alex Brown says in his own words:

“Alex Brown was convenor of the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 Ballot Resolution Process, and has recently been appointed to the panel to advise the British Library”

“So, the guy stands to make a bundle out of doing Microsoft’s dirty work, he was responsible for the BSI change of position, and he’s been given an advisory post to the British Library (known Microsoft glove-puppet) as well.

“No conflict of interest there then…”

According to this new post from ZDNet, plenty of time remains for an appeal. How much more evidence is needed to show the extent of this fiasco?

Outspoken OOXML opponents Sun and IBM have not commented on possible plans for an appeal. But at least one spokesman for the ODF Alliance said it’s too early to tell.

“I wouldn’t be surprised, given the number of documented irregularities, if an [national standard body] formally appeals. ISO rules require that an appeal be fully documented so I would expect an NB considering such a appeal to use more of the time (two months) allotted,” said Marino Marcich, a spokesman for the ODF Allliance, in an e-mail to ZDNet.

If in doubt, watch this older post about Alex Brown and the British Library. Then consider the gradually-accumulating findings about the BSI. Yes, again. It’s almost as though the man handling OOXML at ISO and the BSI is a Microsoft pawn. And he’s probably not alone according to the previous convenor who fled to retire. ISO should come out of its bunker and make some confessions already. It’s its duty as a body that used to thrive in trust and integrity before getting captured by a predatory vendor.


As OOXML gains approval to become an International Standard, XML is poised to take centre stage for the future of high value data content storage

Press Release

17 April 2008

As OOXML gains approval to become an International Standard, XML is poised to take centre stage for the future of high value data content storage

Valuable business data held in Microsoft Office documents now visible and usable

XML is now poised to consolidate its position as the dominant format for high value business data according to Dr Alex Brown, director of Griffin Brown, an industry leading data quality specialist and convenor of the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 Ballot Resolution Process.

Dr Brown commented, “Despite the huge controversy surrounding it, the standardisation of Open Office XML (OOXML) is great news for business. As the large majority of organisations in the developed world use Microsoft desktop applications, it is a significant step forward that data held within these documents can now be accessed by any XML tool. This finally opens the way for legacy documents to be accessible for compliance, audit trail, archiving and even migration to other, non-Microsoft, systems.”

ISO/IEC DIS 29500 was originally developed as the Office Open XML Specification by Microsoft Corporation which submitted it to Ecma International, an information technology industry association, for transposing into an ECMA standard and subsequently published as ECMA standard 376.

Ecma International then submitted the standard in December 2006 to ISO/IEC JTC 1, with whom it has category A liaison status, for adoption as an International Standard.

Since it is based on XML, Office Open XML is a platform-independent standard for word-processing documents, presentations and spreadsheets. The standard, which has been trialed by hundreds of organisations, has now received the necessary votes for approval as an International Standard. Independent software vendors, including Apple, Corel, Microsoft and Novell have already shipped implementations of the Open XML standard within popular applications such as iWork, iPhone, WordPerfect, Open Office and Microsoft Office 2007. The new standard will ensure that billions of documents created during the last twenty years, will continue to be forwards compatible with new technologies and applications.

Dr Brown went on to say, “We are reaching the mature stage of the Information Economy where successful organisations rely upon data to support their core business. Now that OOXML is to become one of ISO’s standard document formats alongside PDF and ODF, it brings previously opaque office content into a format where it can reused and repurposed, while monitoring and improving its quality.”

-ends-

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Dr Alex Brown

Alex Brown was convenor of the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 Ballot Resolution Process, and has recently been appointed to the panel to advise the British Library on how to handle digital submission of journal articles.

About Griffin Brown

Founded in 1997, Griffin Brown is based in the heart of ‘Silicon Fen’ in Cambridgeshire, UK. Griffin Brown provides Data Quality solutions and services to commercial publishers, financial, legal and research organisations and government departments.

XMLProbe offers breakthrough technology for automated XML quality management by providing an effective and flexible XML quality assurance system.

XMLProbe enables organisations to:

· Reduce costs caused by poor-quality XML data

· Ensure standards compliance for submission and receipting systems

· Go beyond the level of validation that XML DTDs and Schemas offer

· Have the means to implement an effective XML data quality policy

· Manage content by producing informative at-a-glance quality reports

Some of the world’s largest publishers use Griffin Brown Data Quality software to improve the quality of their structured content and drive down processing costs, including Cambridge University Press, Blackwell Publishing and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

Griffin Brown is privately owned, backed by seed capital from current and former employees.

For more information please visit: www.griffinbrown.co.uk

Editors Contacts:

Dr Alex Brown
Director
Griffin Brown
Tel: +44 (1223) 425730
Email: alex@griffinbrown.co.uk

Andreina West
PR Artistry Limited
Tel: +44 1491 639500
email: andreina@pra-ltd.co.uk

I sold out

Why Buy SUSE Ballnux

Posted in Bill Gates, GNU/Linux, Humour, Microsoft, Novell, SLES/SLED at 12:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Gates on SUSE

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