Operation: SunFire (or how Cool Threads get Burned By The Sun - and remain Cool)

Some of you may have seen the headlines, especially a few headlines today, such as the one including:
http://biz.yahoo.com/bizj/060522/1292208.html?.v=2

Something I would half-jokingly dub Operation: SunFire, though this is by far not a laughing matter.

The article talks about the fact that reduction in force has often been opposed by Sun's co-founder and longtime CEO, who recently resigned from the CEO role, but stayed on as the Chairman of the Board.

Scott's opposition to cutting jobs was one of the reasons I have always had respect for him as an individual. Back when the dot-com bubble burst, Scott came out strongly opposing reduction in force - even when it was arguably of need at the time. This time is no different. The company has to take action to meet certain expectations. Bringing Mike Lehman from retirement to help take control and get things tightened up is no coincidental matter. There are urgent business and operational decisions that need to be made in the months ahead, prior to the beginning of our new fiscal year in July.
Now, we've got a solid product line and we're growing market share with innovation in a broad spectrum of technologies that eventualy touch the Datacenter - from high-end server and mobile technologies, to Java and development communities ...but the reality is that technology and R&D aren't the only things that make a company tick.

I have a strong feeling we'll pull through on this one. I remain an optimist. This isn't the end of the world or the end of Sun. The purple blood is not dried up yet. "Its just a phase we're going through".

I can only hope that of those x-Digital folk at Sun making (and executing on) decisions, many will apply the lessons learned from the DEC days and help steer Sun away from the eventuality that welcomed DEC.

Comments:

Sun needs to figure out what it is that they are selling. Then they need to get lean and mean and fast.

Posted by Coitus Interruptus on May 23, 2006 at 08:07 PM EDT #

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