Praha, Prague, Prag...
By djberg on Jun 04, 2006
Why did I move? There are a number of reasons, outside of great beer and hockey. Sun is continuously working to leverage the diversity of its workforce and benefit from the vast array of cultures and ideas which are cultivated globally. To that end, we have recognized that our international technical leadership is not at the levels that we would like to see. Most of our Distinguished Engineers and Fellows are located within the United States. We would like to see a stronger representation of these technical leadership positions outside of the US.
So how are we going to fix this? Export an american, of course. No, that is not it. I view my move principally focused on two things. One, help communicate the technical leadership values, strategies and process with folks outside the US. Two, to listen. One is about building bridges of communication and creating visibility. Two is all about, you guessed it, listening. Just listening. About new ideas, new ways of working together globally, innovations, cultural perspectives, or just about anything in order to continue to better our innovative culture and R&D prowess.
I hope to provide technical leadership and serve as a liaison by collaborating with the local community and amplifying their innovation, best practices, and technical excellence. The expectation is that these efforts will expand the site charter as well as increase its visibility, both internally and externally.
I will also be working with Crawford Beveridge, EVP - Global Government Strategy, in expanding relationships and increasing Sun's visibility on issues such as software patents, open source, and open document formats. All of this on top of my day job as chief geek of Sun Services.
So back to my excuse for lack of blogging. Lots went on in the past couple of months. The big thing was the move. Lots of packing and unpacking. Then there was getting the infrastructure basics; banking, telephone, visa/work permit, etc. On top of all of that was getting connected to the Internet. Scott McNealy has said a lot lately, "just try to live a week or two without being connected". His point has to do with the opportunity that is afforded to us as members of the Internet community and those that lack this basic right/capability. I have to say, even going a month without internet access (just at home) has made me appreciate the value of something that is so easy to take for granted.
Along with the move I had our SMI R&D review, a few staff meetings, Sun's leadership conference and a couple of meeting in EMEA (UK, Brussels and Grenoble).
So now you know where I have been and where I now am.