Why Is [Insert IT Vendor Of Choice] So . . . .
February 3, 2014 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Let’s have some fun. I was feeling goofy the other day and as we all often do when we are feeling goofy, I asked Google a direct question. In this case, I didn’t finish the sentence, because I wanted to see what the zeitgeist out there was asking. You can do this by letting Google do the autofill.
At some point in the near future, we will just have a Watson interface for this and all the fun will be gone. But by that time, I will be living a self-sustaining life on a small farm in the mountains somewhere, or raising chickens and bees in my New York City apartment building.
So, in the wake of the deal to sell off the X86 server business, I typed this in:
Y’all are a bit obsessed about your investments in Big Blue, although I do like the idea of people asking Google why IBM is so successful.
I liked the addition of the word “so” to the Google search autofill, so I tried that next:
Why is IBM so green? Who looks that up? What about searching for IBM i, which certainly is green. Hmmmm:
As you can see, Google completely ignores the association between “IBM” and “i” and that, as I have said for a long time, is a problem. What if you put IBM i in quotes, like thus:
Well, at least Google is well acquainted with IBM i chief architect Steve Will’s blog.
What about Google itself? What are people asking about the search giant?
What about Hewlett-Packard?
It looks like the Internet wants to know the same things about Dell:
People are asking fewer questions about Red Hat, but you can see the same focus:
Microsoft gets more questioning by Google, as you can see:
I think you are all a little fixated on price and performance. And trust me, I know all about how that goes. HA!