Product functionality still quite matters, and while it is important for enterprise applications providers to implement the latest computer science "quantum leap", there is no guaranteed correlation between first-to-market and the ultimate success in the market (in fact, based on many experiences, one could even argue that the correlation might be inverse).
challenges of building brand recognition
market will be the challenges for the likes of Intutive to fend. The trouble might not only be in terms of market share, but also in terms of diluting the .NET message, given that an army of these, more visible vendors have been swearing by .NET lately. Not many users are savvy enough to realize that the systems that have added Microsoft code around an old technology core have to deal with translation between the old and new layers, data typing, formatting, interface, and performance issues, version