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Wednesday, 18 April 2007
Presto changeo! Hey, where did he go?
Mood:  don't ask
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Topic: Apple Fritters

I'm going to start sprinkling a few stories around here to give one a view as to the curiousness of Apple recent Leopard delay. Just as curious as the Microsoft Vista/Longhorn and Viridian delays and just as curious as Ross Systems being bought out of the blue by CHINA.

All very curious and, to my mind, all having a central theme. XML is too hard to do.

Here's just one opinion about Apple's poop on a plate..

Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard delay is a leadership failure

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 09:23 AM EDT

"On April 12th, Apple announced that Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard, will be delayed from the original 'Spring 2007' ship date. Now it won't ship until October," John Martellaro writes for The Mac Observer.

"Considering that Apple had until June 21st (1806 UT) to ship Leopard, this is only a four month delay. In terms of OS releases, in general, this is no big deal some have said," Martellaro writes.

"Well, yes it is," Martellaro writes. "It's actually a big deal because Apple had it within its power to avoid this setback."

Martellaro writes, "Apple could have avoided this Leopard delay with good old fashioned management leadership. They could have allowed themselves to grow and mature a little. They could have empowered their key VPs to figure out what it would take to ship Mac OS X/Leopard on time, with excellence and exercise some authority. Unfortunately, many of Apple's key VPs aren't Lieutenant Generals. They're Lieutenant Colonels."

"Alas, Apple's psychology and operating style is trapped in the $6B Valley of Death syndrome and not moving into a 21st century consumer electronics company that's poised to move from $25B to, perhaps, $40B in just a few years," Martellaro writes. "To get there in good shape, Apple will have to spend some money on something besides a half billion dollar new campus, forget the ghosts of the Michael Spindler and Gil Amelio eras, empower their VPs, and let their VPs become responsible for their own products, staff and OPEX."

Full article - highly recommended - here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son" for the heads up.]




Posted by Portuno Diamo at 1:40 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2007 1:47 PM EDT
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