ʻO kaʻu CMO, ʻO Chris Baggott, kuhikuhi iā ia iaʻu a laila noho mākou a nānā iā ia e ninaninau ʻia e CNET ma kahi o 20 mau minuke paha. Ua pīhoihoi wau. ʻO ka mea mua āna i hana ai ʻaʻole huki kuʻi a kamaʻilio pū me nā mea kākau kikoʻī e pili ana i kekahi mau ʻatikala CNET ua kākau a pehea Sun was misrepresented. He was brutally up front with them and definitely pulled no punches. I've seen many leaders cater to the press, so this was cool to watch.
I kēia ScobleShow noho pū me ʻO Robert Scoble, Jonathon talks about Sun, Java, iPhone, Mircrosoft and a host of other recent topics. He's friendly, knowledgeable and incredibly open.
One of the great quotes in here is that Sun's leading indicator of success is really the happiness of their employees. Jonathon takes great pride in ‘boomerangs'… that is, Sun employees who left but are now returning to the company. He also talks to many of the misnomers out there about Sun such as price of entry and licensing. Did you know Sun spends $2 billion on research and development each year? Or that Java is the most widely recognized tech logo?
As a ‘Microsoft-grown' technologist… having always worked for large corporations built on Microsoft networks and servers, I guess my only feedback to Jonathon and Sun is that I frankly don't know them well enough. I'm in Indiana… not in Silicon Valley. I don't get to go to many industry events. We're a fast-paced development company that is on the train tracks of Microsoft and won't get off any time soon… if that's even possible. Personally, I love LAMP but my experience with them is simply what I've done on my own with hosting, development, WordPress, and MAMPEM. Ua hana pū wau me nā lawelawe pūnaewele ʻo Java i kekahi mau makahiki i hala aku nei a ua hana maikaʻi ia, akā ʻaʻole mākou i hoʻokō no ka mea hiki iā mākou ke hoʻokō i ka lawelawe pūnaewele me nā ʻenehana Microsoft - ua kūkulu ʻia kā mākou noi.
A comment from a developer on Jonathon's site states something similar… he can't experiment with Solaris because it's simply not an option for him to begin ‘playing' at home.
Here's my big hairy audacious idea for Sun. I mean this with all due respect, why not put their money where their mouth is and openly and freely consult with Enterprise Microsoft customers on redeveloping their applications in Java on Solaris. It's simply not an option for us to look elsewhere for a solution… even if the savings is at the end of the road, we don't have time to drive down that road.
I have no doubt that our applications may perform better, scale easier, our costs may be reduced, and service may improve with Sun. But how do we make that move without crippling our company or delaying development that is needed to compete in our market? We have 5,000 clients, 15,000 users and billions of transactions every quarter. Do other companies make those transitions? Jonathon, next time you're in Indianapolis… I'd love to have lunch and take you on a tour of our company.
One last note… Jonathon also discusses a near-death experience that changed his life. Thankfully, I've not been through that – but having children has had a similar impact on me. Also… did the video get chopped at the end?