Charles Fitzgerald suspects IBM is going to regret not acquiring Sun, and
letting Oracle do so instead. "They regretted giving Microsoft control of the
software crown jewels for the PC; they may face similar situation now on the
server." Fitzgerald knows whereof he speaks, having been Microsoft's former
general manager of platform strategy until early last year.
Writing in his "Platformnomics" blog, Fitzgerald declares that "this isn't a
merger of equals. It is the end of Sun. Only Oracle survives."
His analysis is that Sun's hardware business will get "flipped to HP,
Fujitsu, an Asian up-and-comer or someone else" and that there will be
"Serious layoffs ahead at Sun regardless of how it plays out for Oracle."
Read his blog in full here.
"At Sun, we're planning on maintaining Java's ubiquity as the number one
runtime environment, backed by the world's most price performant datacenter
infrastructure, all powered by Sun's cloud." That, in no uncertain terms, is
Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz's vision for Java and stresses the new role that
Cloud Computing is beginning to play at Sun.
"The Java platform is only growing in importance and value, across billions
of devices," Schwartz noted, writing on his industry blog.
He also shared his view of the overall marketplace, as follows:
"First, freely distributed, open source soft... (more)
Java Trends - Exclusive Interview with Amy Fowler
In her extensive "Java Trends" interview with JDJ last month, Sun's Amy
Fowler - technical lead of the Java Desktop Network Component (JDNC) project
- said that the JDNC API "is targeted at Java developers who aren't
necessarily Swing literate" and spoke of her "current fever to make rich Java
clients easier to build."
Now in her latest blog Fowler turns up the heat under the JDNC project,
inviting developers to read up about it in her latest article, visit the
project site, "and join in on making it happen."
"After all,": Fowler ad... (more)
According to Web visionary and SOA expert Miko Matsumara, there was only one
certain result of there being two board factions at Sun Microsystems, one in
favor of the IBM deal (the Jonathan Schwartz faction) and the other opposing
(the Scott McNealy faction): "Mark my words, Schwartz is toast, IBM deal or
no deal," declared Mastumara recently in his 'SOA Thoughts' blog. Now that
Oracle has bought Sun instead, will the same apply?
Scott McNealy & Larry Ellison on SYS-CON.TV
"If the IBM deal fails completely ...look for Scott McNealy to pull a Michael
Dell (or a Jerry Yang, dependi... (more)
Read The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz
One of the first reactions to Jonathan Schwartz's essay in February's JDJ
comes from Salil Deshpande, CEO of The Middleware Company, which runs the
enterprise software community sites TheServerSide.com, and the recently
"Jonathan Schwartz has said some silly things over the years, but this one
might take the cake," says Deshpande, speaking exclusively to JDJ News Desk.
"Saying that middleware is history is like saying our nation's highways,
railways, and waterways are history. They are boring when working we... (more)