Originally Posted by Stereotomy
Your comparison to Microsoft is flawed and you try to hide it by telling more trivial stuff such as that 'you are in the business technology domain', as if that would make anything you say have more sense. Way to go.
Guerlain has been acquired by LVMH because it couldn't operate alone anymore. Now LVMH is dictating the mediocrities from above for this brand. Microsoft, as you might know, is an independent company, very capable of deciding its own direction, producing more technology patents than almost any other company in your 'business technology domain'.
Your comparison is wrong.
He understands your English just fine, just like most non-native English speakers here on the forum do. Do you really need to be this degrading to people who speak English as a 2nd or 3rd language? This only shows your
lack of eloquence.
Since you intend to stretch this out, let me give you a go at it.
The comparison isn't a 1-to-1 match but its pretty close. You don't need to teach me about Microsoft, I have thorough knowledge of their patents and history (another stat: in a recently released report they lag only IBM in the total number of patents awarded overall in the Tech industry, but IBMs share is more in the server/hardware sector). If you are a Microsoft fanboy, I can understand the harsh disagreement (they are a fairly stubborn bunch), but the general consensus is that the company isn't the force it once was (the recent lull is due to cloudy leadership and immense size). BTW, LVMH is not primarily a perfume company.
As one of the leading tech giants in the industry, my comparison was intended to highlight Guerlains clout in a similar manner as that of Microsofts. An influential initial progenitor of the industry and still highly regarded (at this point we can disregard the other 'early groundbreaking' companies such as SDC/DEC/ or Molinard/Coty/etc in the perfume business. Just like how Microsoft built on the early breathroughs by these computer companies yet still blazed an early and innovative trail in the industry, Guerlain did the same by improving and building on the Coty foundations and entrenched in perfume history.
The comparison is especially apt when comparing the expanding product line - just like how Microsoft increasingly relies on past hits for positive feel and growth, Guerlain does the same with its classic line while exploring diverging product lines which aren't as innovative as its past hits. A sense of conservatism now exists in both companies (although one can argue with that both are recently resurgent with Natal/Bing and the L'Arte line) with an unwillingness to innovate as before. Both companies still exert immense influence in the industry, sometimes able to strong arm sources into obtaining the best materials or acquire software companies.
I will be glad to take this to PMs if you want more but I will not further engage in any efforts by you to either create a stir in this thread and derail it. If you don't agree with my views thats fine, present yours and we can see what you have to say.