As the government prepares to dump billions of "stimulus" chum into the economy, the tech sharks are beginning to circle the water (WSJ sub req):
With the recession forcing corporations and institutions to cancel projects, technology suppliers are eyeing the economic-stimulus package as an elixir to keep revenue flowing. It earmarks more than $100 billion that could be spent on information technology, according to research company IDC.
The stimulus legislation doesn't provide checks directly to tech companies. Instead, it will parcel money out to needy health-care providers, school districts, governments and rural phone companies, among others. It is too soon to tell whether providing a grant-writer will produce a bonanza for any institution, but that hasn't stopped Cisco, Microsoft Corp., or Oracle Corp. from offering advice that could help customers land stimulus grants.
Might neighborly of them, isn't it? Offering advice to help customers out like that. Big business and big government working together to make things better for all of us.