Slow down in capital spending has had a profound effect on the enterprise software companies, says Thompson. Symantec has made tremendous investments to retool infrastructure of the company in the last 2 years to scale the business. This story is being replayed time and time again in the valley, he says. With capital spending decreasing, companies are adopting new models - software as a service. There is no right answer and model; it is a function of the nature of the business you are in, he notes.
May 23, 2003