McNealys Circle of Friends
Opinion: Sun's ties with Google and Microsoft set up interesting possibilities.Scott McNealy does know how to pick his friends. It doesnt seem too long ago that the Sun CEO and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer agreed to bury the hatchet once and for all and start a new cooperative relationship. In an eerily similar scene last week, McNealy sat next to old Sun chum and current Google CEO Eric Schmidt to discuss their new software distribution agreement, which made up in speculation what it lacked in substance. Sun officials did suggest theres much more to come, Senior Editor Peter Galli reports this week. McNealy said the relationship is just business and that hes not playing favorites. "Were going after revenue, growth, customers, profits and the community," he said. "Thats all I have to say about that." Its doubtful that the Sun-Google axis will damage a Sun-Microsoft alliance, but, at the same time, one does not see McNealy mediating a separate peace between Microsoft and its new archrival. In fact, if the proliferation of Web services is the ultimate goal, then Sun has set itself up nicely between the two superpowers just as next-generation software development is taking off.
Once upon a time, instant messaging was considered not ready, nor even appropriate, for the enterprise. Now IM applications are becoming standard issue for all users and essential to corporate communications strategies. This is true especially in the financial services industry, which even boasts its own IM standards bodyFIMA, the Financial Services Instant Messaging Association. UBS, the subject of our latest eWEEK Road Map feature, has been building out its IM system for years and now passes some 65 million messages a month through IM, eWEEK Executive Editor Stan Gibson reports.