Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Nov 2008 21:38 UTC, submitted by pantheraleo
Oracle and SUN The world hasn't been kind to Sun for quite a while now, but with the economic downturn, things are getting worse. Sun announced today that it will be laying off 18% of its workforce, or about 6000 people. In addition, it was announced that Sun's software chief Rich Green has resigned for reasons that were not stated, although as part of Sun's reorganization and cost cutting efforts, many departments are being merged, and the software division is being restructured and reorganized.
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Part of Sun's Problem...
by pantheraleo on Sat 15th Nov 2008 00:07 UTC
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Is that these are cuts they should have made years ago. But Scott McNealy (to his credit as a guy who cares about his employees, but to his discredit as someone who was able to make hard but necessary business decisions), didn't want to lay anyone off. So even after the dot-com bubble burst, Sun kept tons and tons of employees that they really couldn't afford to keep on staff anymore.

When Jonathan Schwartz took over, he was sort of left with no choice but to make several drastic decisions that should have been made years ago.

Edited 2008-11-15 00:11 UTC

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