McNealy then introduced Suns new chief financial officer, Mike Lehman, who left the Sun board and joined the company as an employee this past week. Lehman said the company was in better shape that it has been for years and that the big challenge it faces over the next six months is how to best execute its vision.
Lehman also added that he had a little-known history with Suns Chief Operating Officer and President Jonathan Schwartz, who had once reported to him, and that they had shared an office. "But now he gets to tell me not to answer any questions and go back to work," Lehman quipped.
Taking the stage next, Greg Papadopoulos, Suns chief technology officer, looked at open-source software and software as a service, asking the question of what the two concepts had to do with one another, if anything.
While open source is fundamentally about freedom for developers, he said, just because something was based on open source did not mean there would be end-user freedom and no costs.
There is also a misconception that open source is a faster way of developing software, he said, rather than its being "a more transparent and collaborative way of developing software."
The next stage in the open scenario was open services, he said, where developers would use Suns storage grid rather than buying their own, bringing freedom for service developers.
Situations where open source-based services could be shared and executed include when working on common patterns for service levels and management, he said; not just publishing the code, but also the prototypical services. "We are without doubt headed towards a classic phase change," he said.