TEC’s Vendor Showdown series is the most popular regular feature that we run here at TEC. So far, we’ve run quite a few Showdowns, and usually things go smoothly, but sometimes there’s more that goes on than meets the eye—and then it’s usually problems, as you’ll see in a moment. I should know, I’m the person who writes TEC’s Vendor Showdowns.
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the vendors get their advance look at the Showdown, the emails start to fly back and forth, with some vendors questioning the veracity of other vendors’ data, and other vendors just basically crying foul. Ouch. The problem, of course, is that if there is a perception that if somebody ‘wins’, then there is a perception that somebody else must correspondingly ‘lose’. And the ‘losers’ are understandably never happy. But in truth, there are no ‘winners’ or ‘losers’ in TEC Showdowns,