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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2007-03-07

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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RE: Part of Sun's Problem...
by diegocg on Sat 15th Nov 2008 00:39 in reply to "Part of Sun's Problem..."
diegocg Member since:
2005-07-08

Actually; Schwartz is also a guy who cares about employees.

Sun is a company that doesn't usually cuts R&D costs, because they believe that cutting R&D means you're dead long term. That's why things like ZFS exist. Had Sun listened to Wall Street, there wouldn't be ZFS now and Solaris would have the same future than other dead unixes.

Despite of the layoffs, Sun is a company that still keeps its R&D team strong.

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v RE[2]: Part of Sun's Problem...
by Hiev on Sat 15th Nov 2008 00:57 in reply to "RE: Part of Sun's Problem..."
RE[2]: Part of Sun's Problem...
by fithisux on Sat 15th Nov 2008 07:32 in reply to "RE: Part of Sun's Problem..."
fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

That is why SUN is a BIG compny. Hopefully they start selling OEM OpenSolaris, like Novell.

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