Just a brief one today. If you remember I wrote a posting on Microsoft Convergence a few weeks ago and I noticed that Steve Ballmer had claimed that the configuration tools that Microsoft CRM Dynamics Online nee Live had were "unparalleled" when it came to comparison with salesforce.com's. Now, granted, his job is to say things like that, so some of that is just marketing "stuff." But, it did raise the "whose configuration tools are better if anyone's are" question to me.
So I decided to issue a challenge to both Microsoft and salesforce.com. The idea is to for each company to take on an identical configuration task (or tasks) and then do them. A panel of independent judges would, using specific criteria and a scoring system, then judge the results and declare the winner - or a tie, which could be possible and we'd publish (to a point) the results of the contest online so that you'd have the comparison made.
I'm glad to say that both Microsoft and salesforce.com have accepted the challenge. The Configuration Shootout is a go (a better name would be appreciated). The judges are being recruited, the initial criteria (subject to approval by the participants) are being draw up and we should have something going pretty soon.