March 18, 2004

IT Execs Present Open Source Wish Lists

IT executives speaking here at the Open Source Business Conference this week delivered a message to the open source community: Focus
on middleware and applications.

Robert Lefkowitz, chief technical architect at AT&T Wireless, said the Linux desktop will have limited utility to corporations running
custom hardware and vertical applications. IT executives are indifferent to what desktop operating system they use, but the rest of the hardware and
software at his company is built to run on the Windows platform.

Lefkowitz came to the conference hoping to convince developers to work on what he needs: billing and CRM applications, business process management and

"The 'community' is individuals, and if you can't get individuals interested in a project, it doesn't get done. So it has to be 'kewl,'" he said.



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