Tuesday, June 8, 2010

dot NET How long will it last?

Recently, I was selling a suite of GIS applications to a client. The suite was built in .NET framework 3.5 on top of ESRI ArcGIS.

After I explained to him the new system functionalities he was convinced of the great effort spent in the system, and then he asked me this question.

"How long will it last?"

"Sorry sir I didn't get you"

"This .NET thing, how long will it last? We built our system just 5 years ago on COM technology, and now you tell me its out-dated and that the .NET technology is much better but not fully compatible with COM. So I have to change my whole system with yours. How long are you expecting the .NET technology to last until something totally 'better' to replace it"He sighed and continue "How long I shall expect to change my system .. again? 5 more years or more?"

So what do you think?