Between the keynote "inquisition" of Sun's newly installed CEO Jonathan Schwartz at Gartner Symposium and the press conference that followed, I had a lot to think about on the flight home from San Francisco yesterday. To be fair, the Gartner analysts (Paul McGuckin and Darryl Plummer) who put Schwartz on the hotseat had every right to ask the new chief executive how he plans to put the company on a profitable track.
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I missed SAP's Sapphire conference this week, attending to the Future in Review, Gartner Symposium, JavaOne and a root canal, but there is plenty of coverage. Some good, although sparse, coverage is coming from the bloggers Jeff Nolan coralled into attending the event in Orlando.
On the flight home from Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo (and JavaOne, which I originally didn't go to cover), I sat next to (and met for the first time) SuccessFactors client executive Martin Pitkow. Prior to meeting Mr.
Video: Socialtext CEO, blogger and level 60 human Paladin (called Kalevipoeg) Ross Mayfield (below) explains his fascination with World of Warcraft. Ross says he plays the massive multiplayer game about 5 hours a week, but surely he is undercounting.
Finally, now that USA Today has broken the story (NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls), people are beginning to take notice. But is it too little, too late?
Nick Carr connects some dots, leading to a conclusion that CIOs want to distance themselves from IT: IT has become an albatross for CIOs. Smart ones are trying hard to distance themselves from "the technology" in order to escape the dead end of the data center.
I just got back from New York where I spoke (twice) at the SOA Executive Forum. I moderated a panel on SOA Governance that was packed.
Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz absorbed a flurry of jabs and a few left hooks from Gartner analysts Paul McGuckin and Daryl Plummer during an interview this morning at Gartner Symposium. Basically the analysts want Schwartz to show them the money.
Riya has been the darling of the Web 2.0 crowd, drawing kudos from every corner of the blogosphere.
The two big headlines today are that Java is on the road to open source ("It's not whether, but how. We'll go do this," new Sun software head Rich Green told the new Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz at JavaOne) and that the 'Q,' Motorola's thin, Windows Mobile smart phone/PDA is about to ship (in San Francisco for Gartner Symposium, Motorola CEO Ed Zander said, "We're in the throes of getting it released.