Heh, that's funny. I would like to see Sun find it's way but it won't be easy. Look what has happened to poor old SGI. Apple, with a mixed hardware and software base like Sun but with a long term presence in the personal computer market, has managed to move into consumer electronics. Jobs is pretty amazing when you come right down to it.
Let's say you work for a company and the profitable part of it is going to be purchased. As part of the purchase, the unprofitable part is going to get a five-year contract to continue to provide a service. Out of nowhere you and another employee who have been excluded from most meetings regarding changes to how the service is going to be provided are asked to recommend a vendor for the cutting-edge storage component. You talk to Compaq, Dell and Sun. Your inclination is toward Dell, but your partner is a big Sun/UNIX advocate and that vendor takes the time to try to address your concerns. Currently another major component is on an UNIX platform so it's not as if you're advocating anything new in terms of integrating platforms. Sun it is. After you've made your recommendation (mostly nods of concurrance) you mention the other UNIX-platformed component. You're informed that it is being ported to an NT platform. No one asks if you want to change your recommendation.For years afterward (they were five and gone,) everytime you're in touch with someone who stayed you hear about that damned Sun component you saddled them with.Once in a great while you hear the universe laughing behind someone else's back.
SGI was an entirely different level of market screwup. I remember (it was either Clark or McCracken, probably McCracken) telling the troops, back around late '92ish, how they were going to avoid swirling down the commoditization drain by focusing relentlessly on their safe little niche of $75K high-end graphics workstations. That got me heading for the exit.
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