Ellison maakt gehakt van Sun’s management

17 mei 2010

Ellison maakt gehakt van het topmanagement van Sun in een interview met Reuters. Ellison zegt dat hij 'learned that Schwartz ignored problems as they escalated, made poor strategic decisions and spent too much time working on his blog, which Sun translated into 11 languages'. En: 'The underlying engineering teams are so good, but the direction they got was so astonishingly bad that even they couldn’t succeed. Really great blogs do not take the place of great microprocessors. Great blogs do not replace great software. Lots and lots of blogs does not replace lots and lots of sales'. Ellison zegt dat hij de tijd die hem is gegeven door de late goedkeuring van de Europese Commissie heeft gebruikt om dagelijks te praten met technische mensen binnen Sun. Hij heeft daardoor veel misstanden ontdekt, zegt hij nu. ' I have already stopped the carnage at Sun, less than four months after the sale closed in January. Their management made some very bad decisions that damaged their business and allowed us to buy them for a bargain price. I expect profit from Sun’s operations to boost Oracle’s earnings in the current quarter, which ends May 31' (alsof 5,6 miljard dollar niets voorstelt).


Ellison haalt de ontwikkeling aan van de multicore-processor Rock, een lievelingsproject van Schwartz. Volgens Ellison 'this processor had two incredible virtues: it was incredibly slow and it consumed vast amounts of energy. it was so hot that they had to put about 12 inches of cooling fans on top of it to cool the processor. It was just madness to continue that project' the sales force could care less if they sold things that lost money because the commission was the same in either case'. Ellison voegt er aan toe 'that Sun also lost money when it resold high-end storage equipment from Hitachi Ltd, storage software from Symantec Corp and consulting services from other companies. We're ending those deals'. Hij hekelt ook besparingsmaatregelen zoals het snijden in de verkoopstaf van het door Sun overgenomen Storagetek, 'which Sun bought for $4 billion in 2005. Astonishingly they laid off all the sales people and they laid off all the field service people. They just got rid of them all', zo zegt hij. 'Guess what? Sales dropped. It’s breathtaking !' De spraakmakende en rijke topman (met een bezit van 28 miljard, volgens Forbes) zegt dat de integratie van Sun in Oracle gesmeerd loopt. Ellison verwacht al in het lopende kwartaal winst uit Suns bedrijfsvoering te halen. Ellison zegt dat 'he will expand further in hardware, adding providers of semiconductor, storage and server technologies. We’ll buy in all areas of our business'. Hij kijkt vooral naar technologie die geincorporeerd kan worden in wat Oracle denkt dat de nieuwe hype-producten gaan worden: 'gigantic appliances made up of servers, storage equipment, networking gear and software working together to handle specialized tasks'. Alles is gericht op optimale performance in het datacenter. 'We don’t want customers making those decisions. they never quite tune it the way we would'. Alles komt terug op de strategie die Ellson hanteert om zijn softwarebedrijf te doen groeien. Hij heeft al twee decennia aan zijn klanten verteld dat 'they should buy pre-integrated software business management suites from Oracle, rather than dealing with myriad vendors'.

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