I'm fine. IBM? Scrambling. (updated)
By drapeau on Aug 03, 2006
Hey folks, it's been waaaay too long since I've written anything here; sorry about that. I have tons of blog topics that I've archived away but just haven't made time to write about them. But if there's anytime to be writing on this blog, it's today.
Five Years Ago This Week...
...I was what Sun calls 'redeployed'. Essentially, it's like a layoff except you get a certain number of weeks to keep your office and work phone extension. The idea is that they've redeployed your job elsewhere, and your only job is to find a new job within the company. (you can also elect to leave right then and take a severence package) At that time, I managed Sun's browser engineering function and frankly, I was pretty frustrated with the job and my manager at the time. If there were not a hiring and transfer freeze during that time, I would've been looking around for a new job anyway, but I was stuck.
I was notified on July 31, 2001, that my job was being redeployed. I was in shock for about five minutes, but within an hour or so a great weight lifted from my shoulders. I realized that there were hundreds of new jobs opening at Sun at that time, and the company was giving me explicit permission to leave the emotionally-draining job behind me and move on. I chose not to take the package but instead to help the people in my group find new jobs, then to find a new job at Sun for myself. I found a job during the week of the September 11 terrorist attacks, in the organization that I am in now: Market Development Engineering (MDE), our alliances engineering organization.
It retrospect, it was the best thing that has happened in my ten-year career at Sun. My time in MDE has taught me much more about how the company works than my previous jobs, and in working with partners I feel that I've gotten a much broader, deeper understanding of the high-tech industry.
Today, Sun is laying off some employees; I'm hearing news from colleagues here and there that they are no longer going to be working for Sun Microsystems. In several cases, I'm truly sorry that's the case. It's a weird day today, that's for sure. For those of you who were laid off today, I hope that you'll be able to go through what I went through five years ago and find that your next job is more energizing that what you just left behind you today.
Fortunately for me, I have not been laid off. I'm writing here to say that I'm not completely AWOL (Absent Without Leave), and I plan to write more here soon. I do think Sun is a great place to work and I love my job. I also happen to believe that we have momentum on our side and depending on how these layoffs go, we should be in position to grow consistently like we announced last week.
And Now For Something Completely Different
Here is a fun article from CNET, an interview with the head of IBM's pSystem business (that's Unix servers, folks). It's nice to see them playing our game now, instead of Sun playing somebody else's game. Note the questions about power-per-unit of work done, energy-efficient processors, asking IBM what they are doing to catch up with Sun's Niagara processors.