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Last month, JavaBlackBelt members reported that their productivity would increase by 25% if management installed Java Skills Management.  The pressing question from managers: how do we do this? I've talked with JBB founder John Rizzo and he's developed a 6-step "installation plan" for Java skills management.  Those steps and highlights are below my salutation. If you’d like to discuss/start this process, feel free to say so at: globalforcedirect.com/discovery-sessions/. Step 1. Discovery No-charge JBB consultations on installing Java skills management into the organization.  JBB explains possibilities, explore priorities, establishes extent/timeline.  Managers describe organizational make-up, skills champions, existing training methods, employee review/reporting needs.  Developers describe missions, key technologies. Step 2. Startup Installation of JavaBlackBelt Enterpr... (more)

Sun To Cut 3,000 Jobs, Blames EC

Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer Sun said late Tuesday that it will be forced to cut 3,000 jobs worldwide over the next 12 months because of “the delay in the closing of the acquisition of the company,” laying the blame squarely at the doorstep of the European Commission and its prolonged investigation into whether Oracle should be allowed to acquire the Sun-owned MySQL open source database. It could be playing hardball with the EC, which some think has an interim deadline this week to decide how much longer its investigation is going to take. It could take until we’re deep into January. In an SEC filing Sun said its board had approved the plan “to better align the company’s resources with its strategic business objectives.” Sun expects to incur total charges of $75 - 125 million over the next several quarters, most likely the December and March quarters, in connectio... (more)

Oracle-Sun Nice Cloud Computing Fit, But Maybe Not

It's an obvious point, already commented upon elsewhere, that the respective cultures of Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corp. couldn't be more different. Sun, although brash and aggressive in the mode of its co-founder and chairman Scott McNealy, has produced numerous "characters of the game" other than McNealy over the years. Folks such as co-founders Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim, Ed Zander, James Gosling, John Gage, Radia Perlman, Whitfield Diffie, Bill Raduchal, Greg Papadopoulos, and Bernie Lacroute to name just a precious few. The company was also a famous breeding ground for CEOs, including Zander, Eric Schmidt, Bill Larson, Carol Bartz, current Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, and in the glory of the dot-com days, Kim Polese. McNealy was always clearly the boss, but having grown up around powerful people, always seemed utterly at ease in working with high-wattage person... (more)

The Oracle Sun Repercussion Discussion Begins

I just started following sfearthquakes on twitter, a useful service that provides the scoop whenever we get a temblor in norcal. If it followed biz earthquakes in Silicon Valley, it'd be reporting on a magnitude 7.0 event, maybe higher, today. For the repercussions from the Oracle Sun deal have just begun, and there are several fault lines along which major aftershocks could no doubt occur. The major threads in the repercussion discussion are: * What is the future of MySql? John Dvorak was all over this angle more than a year ago, with a column that at the time sounded, frankly, paranoid, but which now looks incredibly brilliant and prescient: http://bit.ly/15lYnG. (As he said in a twitter post today, "not to brag, but I nailed something here.") * Will Oracle now get real close to HP, and provide a blockbuster competitor to IBM? ZDNet's Dana Gardner has thought this and o... (more)

Book Review: Processing XML Documents with JDeveloper 11g

I was recently asked to write a book review on Processing XML Documents with JDeveloper 11g by Deepak Vohra, among several other bloggers here, here, here and here. The thing about book reviews, like movie reviews, is the interpretation by the reviewer is subjective. The trick is for you the review reader to work out does the reviewer have the same tastes and likes as you. If yes that should mean that the book review will be relevant to you potentially giving a recommendation that suits your needs. If no you might miss a really good book or waste a couple of those hard earned squid. So where do I come from to help you assess if I'm "your" type of reviewer? I'm a both a consultant *and* a trainer. I'm interested in how the story is told as much as what is told. I'm looking for clear examples, a logical A-B-C progression path, and like everyone else something to keep me... (more)

Sun's Incubation Platform

Broaching the hugely valuable enterprise market can be very intimidating for young startups. Large enterprises can be reluctant to work with smaller companies due to concerns about scalability and support. Sun Microsystems realized there is an opportunity here - Sun can supply a uniquely scalable cloud infrastructure that meets enterprise demand for support and reliability at a price-point that won't break the bank for startups. Sun Microsystems' panel at Cloud Computing Conference & Expo 2009 East discussed how the cloud is valuable, not just to startups and developers, but also to the traditional enterprise market. View Sun's Incubation Platform Panel Here This panel assembled key players in the emerging cloud computing market - Ian Murdock, Sun Microsystems, Vice President, Emerging Platforms; Brett Adam, rPath, Vice President, Engineering; Eric Alterman, Kickapp... (more)

IT Industry Luminary Bill Coleman Joins 3Tera's Advisory Board

3Tera, a provider of cloud computing technology and utility computing services, today announced that Bill Coleman has joined its advisory board. A technology luminary and Silicon Valley veteran for over 30 years, Coleman will provide strategic insight and guidance to 3Tera's management team as it positions the company to further pursue the enterprise and service provider markets.   "I firmly believe that 3Tera's cloud computing technology and vision will drive fundamental change to the next generation of information technology," said Coleman. "I am excited to be a part of this and to share my views and expertise, helping 3Tera position itself best to lead the cloud adoption in the enterprise."   "Having Bill Coleman join our advisory board is a testimony to how much 3Tera has accomplished," said Barry X Lynn, Chairman and CEO, 3Tera, Inc. "Bill's insights into l... (more)

Testing the Limits with Jack Margo SVP of Developer Shed, (part 1)

In recent months, we’ve ‘tested the limits’ with QA notables like  James Whittaker, Rosie Sherry and Andrew Muns.  This month, we’re jumping over to the dev side of the aisle by sitting down with Jack Margo, SVP of Internet Operations at Developer Shed . Developer Shed is owned by Ziff-Davis and manages a bunch of tech sites — many devoted to open source technologies and communities.  They serve millions of visitors per month, for every breed of developer. Topics range from troubleshooting an Apache web server to programming a complicated Java application to successfully marketing a website.  Their tagline says it all: “Tools for Geeks!” Today, we talk about what developers really think about testers, Jack’s take on Microsoft vs. open source, the reason he’s mad at Java, why net books are a fad, and which programming language has the biggest upside.  Check back to... (more)

McNealy Writes the E-Mail He Never Wanted To Write

Oracle News on Ulitzer Sun chairman (and an exclusive Ulitzer columnist) Scott McNealy sent out his farewell to the troops Tuesday, the day before Oracle is supposed to explain what it's going to do with Sun and maybe indicate how many of Sun folks it's going to fire. Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz told Sun employees last week that "Upon change in control, every employee needs to emotionally resign from Sun. Go home, light a candle, and let go of the expectations and assumptions that defined Sun as a workplace. Honor and remember them, but let then go." Here's what Scott had to say: "Gang, "When I interviewed many of you for employment at Sun over the years, one commitment often made was that things will change above, below, and around you faster than any place you have ever been. Looks like this was one area we exceeded plan for 28 years. While it was never the primar... (more)

Oracle Fusion Middleware Delivers World Record Single-Node Result

Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, running Oracle Linux on a HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server, together with Oracle Database 11g, achieved a world record single-node result with the SPECjAppServer2004 industry standard benchmark(1). This achievement adds to Oracle WebLogic Server's current SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark records including world record results in multi-node(2) and dual-node(3) categories; the highest performance ever achieved running a clustered database(4); and the highest performance per core(5) of any result ever published. Benchmark Details Oracle WebLogic Server 11g with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 achieved 20,092.36 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard (jAppServer Operations Per Second). Oracle WebLogic Server was running on an HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server with eight, eight-core Intel® Xeon® X7560 2.26 GHz processors. Ora... (more)

Sun to Keynote on "A World of Many Clouds" at Cloud Computing Expo in New York

Sun is joining Amazon and IBM in the top industry keynote lineup for SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo in New York, March 30-April 1, co-located with the 5th International Virtualization Conference & Expo. Sun's Sr. VP of Cloud Computing, David Douglas, will be joining Amazon's CTO Dr Werner Vogels and IBM's Cloud Computing CTO Kristof Kloeckner. Between them these three industry thought leaders represent extremely well the steadily growing importance of Cloud Computing in the world of Enterprise IT. Douglas's keynote will be entitled "A World of Many Clouds." Sun is committed to making cloud computing a pervasive reality. Sun's open source philosophy and Java principles form the core of a strategy to provide interoperability for large-scale computing resources through open and transparent cloud platforms that minimize lock-in. Sun envisio... (more)