10 Years at Sun

JavaStationI've done it! As of March 3rd, I have been an employee of Sun Microsystems for 10 years. I've seen ups and I've seen downs. I've played sales geek and I've played consulting geek. I've used numerous technologies, from E10k's and 4800's down to his younger brother, from a JavaStation (pictured to the right) to a Sun Ray, from a portal server down to Solaris, from a 6920 down to a disk drive,  from highly focused RFP's to the much broader  blogs.sun.com. Sun has always supported open standards, and I have watched us completely embrace open source, to the point where we have become the largest contributor to open source movements.

I doubt there is any other company in the industry where you can do all of these things and be a part of so many accomplishments. I've done my 1/35,000th (~average #employees) of effort to help make it all happen, and it's been an honor. Somewhat surprisingly, the most rewarding of all has been blogs.sun.com, both in reading and publishing content. Being able to share what I learn and continually learning from others  (blogs.sun.com and beyond)  is extremely rewarding.

It's been fun and I can't wait for what's in store for the next 10 years. Hopefully early retirement ( :) ), but if that doesn't happen, I'll have Sun's continuous innovations to fall back on :)

Comments:

Congratulations John. I've still got a bit over two years to hit 10.

Alan.

Posted by Alan Hargreaves on March 04, 2007 at 09:31 AM PST #

Sun is very lucky to have you! I say congrats to Sun and thank you John.. :)

Posted by ThinGuy on March 04, 2007 at 02:51 PM PST #

Congrats John - I was 10 back in October, it's a nice feeling, I too am looking forward to the next 10 years, or as you say, early retirement. Whichever comes first, I know it'll be a blast either way!

Posted by Tim Foster on March 04, 2007 at 07:45 PM PST #

Congrats John!!! :-) So glad to hear blogging has been so rewarding for you.

Posted by Skrocki on March 04, 2007 at 10:01 PM PST #

Thanks everyone! It has been, and will continue to be, one heck of a ride. I'd say more, but I have to read more blogs now :)

Posted by John Clingan on March 05, 2007 at 08:58 AM PST #

Congrats, John! I'll be hitting the 10 year mark on June 31, 2007.

Posted by Mark Thacker on March 06, 2007 at 01:33 AM PST #

Congrats John, I've enjoyed your content for the passed few years. I hit 10 years back in Aug. 2003, and have a nice telescope to show for it. :)

Posted by Doug Curtis on March 06, 2007 at 04:27 AM PST #

Congratulations, John. Now that I've been part of Sun for awhile, I can see why you stayed. It's a terrific place.

Posted by davidleetodd on March 06, 2007 at 12:41 PM PST #

Congrats, John! Good luck on the next 10 or retirement, which ever comes first. ;-)

Posted by Mark Bradley on March 07, 2007 at 06:17 AM PST #

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