A new job, while keeping the old one...
By was on Feb 17, 2009
I'm pleased to announce that the DotSun Engineering team (my group) is joining Cloud Computing Engineering effective today. This team is well known (well, at least inside of Sun we're well known!) for operating sun.com and Sun's other high volume websites. Under the new name Web Engineering, the team will continue to run the current sun.com sites, as well as begin work to deliver the next generation of sun.com. The Web Engineering team will also have new responsibilities, including building the public web face of Sun's cloud.
The DotSun Technical Support team will also be joining Cloud Computing Engineering under the new Web Engineering group, where they will continue to support the sun.com sites.
At the same time, it's hard to say goodbye to a great organization - we were one of the few consolidated web groups in Corporate America. Between my boss and myself, we've talked to quite a few companies both in the USA and abroad and consistently we found that the web groups tended to be split along some artificial lines - engineering in one place, design in another, and publishing in yet another. DotSun (actually .Sun) was a single group with all aspects integrated. In many ways this was a great thing. In some ways it made us a huge target. I think it's hard for most companies to have an accurate idea of what they spend on the web. Heck, even with a consolidated group, we didn't own every site, we just tried hard to own the high volume, high visibility sites. Nevertheless, we had a significant budget - including all the way down to hardware and hosting. We enjoyed the support from the highest levels of the company, and my boss Curtis worked incessantly to make sure the exec's didn't forget why they were funding us at the levels required.
All said, that's not what's causing the breakup of the group. Many factors came into play, and maybe it was just time. As I said, happy and sad, all at the same time. Did I mention a little worried? If I know Jim and Lew, we'll have our work cut out for us!
Oh and I guess I have to change my tag line - we're not in marketing anymore - we're in a real software group! Yeah! (I think...)