IT consolidation

Todays news:Oracle buys BEA.**Mysql AB acquired by Sun.**Well what’s next? Redhat acquired by Sun (or even Microsoft), Adobe acquired by Oracle, etc ?Industralization of the IT sector seems to get some steam, surely a sign of maturity. I am not sure if it will have an impact on innovation or this trend is the result of a loss of innovation. Big actors want to provide a complete enterprise stack from hardware to software package solutions. Will we only have to deal with SAP, Oracle, IBM, Sun and Microsoft tomorrow ?Google strategy seems to differentiate and focus on online services.

A picture is worth a thousand words (my 2008 no interest techs list)

This comic sums up my opinion on Scala pretty well (very funny):http://stuffthathappens.com/blog/2008/01/02/scala-will-do/I jumped on Ruby and Rails bandwagon spending some man-days (;-)) on it but at least Rails has been a reference in term of web productivity and introduced or leveraged nice concepts (naming conventions over configuration, DSL, REST, TDD etc.) . Recently, many Java web frameworks compared themselves to Rails and how they were much better (Seam,Grails & Co). Rails influenced the IT community (Java, .Net and Python included).=> All in all, i have excuses to have followed the crowd… But not this time, Scala (pretty unreadable), JavaFx (not until i see the consumer jre in action and applets as fast-loaded as flash apps without dumb dialog boxes) are definitely on my 2008 technos of no-interest !I’ll hopefully focus this year on the new Cobol ;-) core (or even .Net/C#) .