Tom Siebel apparently believes IT's "glory days are past — long past, having ended in 2000."
Hmm...he is a talking about a $ 2 trillion marketplace, which he should have seen many times in his career keeps changing categories. Then it churns leaders in categories every few years. In 2000, few had heard of SaaS, clouds, VoIP, third party maintenance, offshoring, green computing, virtualization, predictive analytics, blades and who knows what else.
But if Tom appears removed from the industry's realities, I am dismayed the NY Times would give 900 words of coverage to his statement.
As I analyzed in March 2006 and December 2007 Times coverage of technology is heavily skewed towards consumer gadgets and services, not in understanding IT. Wish their reporters and commentators would step away from their Macs and Google searches and spend lots more time with the CIOs at the numerous headquarters in Manhattan.
Update: whatever my disagreements with Tom, I am glad to hear he survived an elephant attack in the Serengeti.