David Shields Hello Steve O’Grady : re Run! It’s a Standard

Steve just posted a question about the above topic and asked:

Do you know of any instances where standardization eliminated or otherwise destroyed a business?

Yes I do. Ten years ago on the desk of every secretary of IBM executives above a certain level a printed copy of the Airline Travel Guide. There were frequent updates. It must have been a good business, but I haven’t see one in years.

At work I now get less than one piece of postal mail a month. Several years back I got several trade rags, and I remember flipping through them and scanning the ads. All that has moved to the web now. Yes, there is still a PC Week but now it’s just a web site, and I certainly don’t find the ads as attractive. I also think it has become harder for the columnists; for example I used to look for the columns of Jim Seymour and Peter Coffe as I knew just where to flip the paper. Somehow it’s not the same now. Yes, there is still a PC week but the internet has somehow “standardized away” a piece of that business that won’t come back.

I tried to post a comment at Steve’s web site, but somehow it didn’t take. I’m sure it’s pilot error on my part. I’ll try to get it right next time, but am posting it here while the thought is still at hand.

Copyright (c) 2006 by David Shields. Licensed under the Apache License 2.0.

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