Consolidation is Coming to Corporate Security Technology

Why removing technology silos is critical to helping security teams save time, cut costs, and reduce risks.

This article was originally published in Security Magazine.

Those old enough to remember the software industry in the 1980s might recall some names from days gone by: Lotus 1-2-3, Harvard Graphics, :ccMail and WordPerfect. At its peak, Lotus 1-2-3 had an overwhelming market share and had won the spreadsheet wars. WordPerfect was the enterprise standard for word processing and :ccMail was one of the dominant email systems of the decade. And Harvard Graphics? As the first presentation software to gain widespread acceptance in business, its impact resonates in every slide deck ever seen.

Today, only WordPerfect still exists, albeit with a more specialized focus. These products and brands weren’t merely replaced piece by piece. They were supplanted by a company that had the foresight and conviction to invest in a common foundation and purpose-built each application so that they connect both to the foundation and each other. In this case, that consolidator was Microsoft, and its product, Microsoft Office, was less expensive. From a finance and procurement perspective, managing one vendor relationship was much easier than three or more.

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