It has been a year since the
acquisition announcement by Oracle was made public. Preceded
interestingly by this last goodbye
email from Scott, this
contract adjustment, which everyone at Sun followed with
Fast forward to now and it has been an interesting year for Sun employees and for me,
personally. Many of my colleagues and engineers I have worked with,
have left Sun/Oracle for greener pastures (and I wish them all the luck
at their new ventures, whereever they are). There is even this
blog that tries to keep track of who-has-gone-where
this one that keeps track of what is happening with the Open Source projects that Sun was so passionate about.
surely a unique collection of individual talent and times that we will all look
back at, as our golden years in our profession. But that does not mean
that good times dont roll on. In fact, far from it. Sun's
engineering talent continues to help Oracle outpace the industry in
innovation(see this link)
and has helped place Oracle in a unique
competitive spot. Oracle's unmatched executive leadership has placed
Sun systems at the forefront once again.
On my own professional front, I have met such a wide group of
interesting Oracle folks. Initially, this was as I tried to champion
the cause of Cloud Computing and Developer tools (a holdover from Sun's
last days). Now, it is in my current role as manager of Performance
Analyzer, Code Analysis projects (Discover, Uncover, eg). And finally,
the financial stability that Oracle has provided has brought
interesting growth opportunities.
All in all, I hope this collection of uniquely talented people will
keep Sun's unique spark alive and will keep revalidating the value
proposition that Scott best summed up. In his own words:
“Kicked Butt, Had Fun, Didn’t
Cheat, Loved Our Customers, Changed Computing Forever”
[Now, theres a guy who sleeps easily with a clear conscience!] I hope the gang continues to do that. Good luck to you all of the Sun Alum, inside
Oracle and outside of it. Keep the faith and keep the Sun torch lit!