The late Mahatma Gandhi, upon being asked by a newspaper reporter what he thought of western civilization, replied, "I think it would be a good idea!"
It seems a lot of people feel the same way about DSO. Two freelance journalists, while working on articles for this site, have been refused interviews by device-software engineers who were reluctant to have their companies appear in the context of a DSO site. While some told our reporters they like the DSO concept but have yet to implement it, others said they disagree with the concept from very top to very bottom. Similarly, some of my colleagues at sister publications EE Times and Embedded.com have privately expressed their wait-and-see skepticism over the entire DSO concept.
Of course, lots of people in the embedded industry think DSO is a good idea. Gartner analyst Theresa Lanowitz recently added DSO to the fabled Gartner "Hype Cycle," and analysts at Venture Development are supporting the DSO concept in a recent report. (Look for more on both these reports on DSO.com, and soon.) Green Hills has recently joined Wind River to become the second software vendor using the DSO term in its marketing materials. And a small but growing cadre of managers at Nortel and other user companies have publicly signed on to DSO, in concept if not in practice.
So what do I think of DSO? I think it would be a good idea!