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El primero, vía 9 to 5 Mac, es el de Mike Elgan. Un extracto del mismo:

“…Tech watchers love the horse race aspect of technology industry competition. Apple competes with Microsoft. Apple competes with Google. Apple competes with companies like HP. But Apple doesn’t see it that way.

Industry titans like Microsoft, Google and HP instinctively “fill out” their product lines to dominate huge areas of technology. Microsoft, for example, wants Microsoft software running on wristwatches, supercomputers and everything in between. Google wants to offer every conceivable service that can be squeezed through an internet connection. HP’s massive product line runs the gamut from consumer digital cameras sold at Best Buy to entire data centers filled with enterprise systems.

Apple doesn’t want to dominate like this. It has no interest in this kind of imperialist expansion. Apple is interested only in surgical strikes into this business or that product category, where they can solve design problems others have failed to solve.

Steve Jobs was recently named CEO of the Decade by Fortune Magazine. I’m sure Jobs’ ego was pleased by the designation. But ultimately, he doesn’t care about this sort of thing as much as you might expect. Jobs doesn’t want to be viewed by history as a Lee Iacocca or a Henry Ford. He wants posterity to look at him as a Mozart or a Da Vinci. He wants to be seen as a builder of beautiful things, not a builder of business empires.

Next time Apple does something that infuriates you, or makes you go “huh?” remember that Apple has its own unique world view. And only by understanding that perspective can you understand why Apple does what it does…”

Sí, Apple va a la suya, todo lo que vende es Apple, está pensado para que lo sustituyas por la “siguiente” versión y si no lo hacen ellos el producto no existe. Vaya, estos 4 puntos, son los que trata el autor en ComputerWorld:

1. Todo lo que Apple vende es un producto Apple (trata de explicar las razones del complejo sistema de aprobación de aplicaciones de la App Store: que Apple lo vende y por lo tanto quiere una experiencia de usuario de su agrado)

2. Los productos de Apple son “reponibles” (sus productos están bien hechos, pero están pensados para que compremos la nueva versión del mismo)

3. Nada existe a menos que Apple lo venda (los lectores de libros no existirán realmente hasta que Apple los reinvente –o presente como algo nuevo–)

4. Apple no pretende ser una gran compañía (sólo quiere cambiar el mundo, si eso la enriquece … ¡perfecto!)

Por todo ello es difícil ampliar el mercado empresarial, porque en ese ámbito la imprevisibilidad no es bienvenida. Pero curiosamente, al final la empresa es lo que hace. Y lo que hace lo hacen sus personas, si ellas piden productos Apple, al final no es tan grave que la compañía de Cupertino no piense en el mercado corporativo específicamente.

Esta idea es la que explica muy bien Matt Assay (de Alfresco) en su entrada en C-Net News:

“… But it’s silly to say Apple isn’t an enterprise company simply because it sells to the enterprise without even trying.”