Last year I wrote,
"In the 1970's when CIO's wanted to know what to buy, they asked IBM.
In the 1980's when CIO's wanted to know what to buy, they asked Andersen Consulting.
In the 1990's when CIO's wanted to know what to buy, they asked Gartner.
In the 2000's when CIO's want to know what to buy, they ask each other."
For a fleeting moment it looked like bloggers could be an independent, fiercely so, source of input. But no, we are whores as well. CIOs will continue to rely on their peers for unvarnished input.
I might as well start accepting ads on this blog, and start saying sweet things about all the big vendors I have annoyed the last couple of years. And consulting with them on what they want to hear. The money should come in handy - my kids will be going to college soon.