The world's best advice: "if it doesn't work, stop doing it", applies to mergers as much as to government - and ignoring it was probably Sun's single biggest mistake.
A free-ranging daily blog on issues related to Unix - including Linux, BSD, and Solaris - with a particular focus on enterprise-level decision-making.
Paul Murphy (a pseudonym) is an IT consultant specializing in Unix and related technologies.
From Oracle OpenWorld: nothing but good news - and a missing elephant, or maybe two.
There's really not much to running a Unix system in the enterprise: as CIO all you need to do is create your own mini-me s in user departments, continually beat back the wintel/dp bigots, avoid the invisibility that comes with success, and recruit others willing to sacrifice their careers for professional success.
If you want to understand what happened to Sun, look no further than Sun Marketing's insistence on selling the Sun Ray as a thin client - something it isn't. Thin clients have few organizational consequences, smart displays have many - and that's the distinction this is about.
An imaginary wall to wall Wintel/DP to Unix conversion produces what? Operating cost savings and a dramatic turn-around in IT organizational posture: from blocking force to business enabler.
Usually I ignore idiotic comment but sometimes the idiocy is so apropos that the petty response is the right response - here because the writer is normally sane but produced a stunning indictment of his own position.
Answering sparkle farkle - with a detour through history that should be about 10,000 words long but isn't.
Sometimes, particularly when you look at someone else's mess, you can see the rock coming but not get them to move out of the way - and in that situation the only thing you can do is speculate about what greased the slide it's on.
On the surface one of the oddest things about a large client-server operation that grew from an earlier 327X style system is that they didn't meet their SLA terms then, and don't now - but the bigger question is what the transition achieved and for whom?
I believe that outsourcing It is almost always wrong - but it has its uses if you want someone else to take the hit for forcing IT management change.