Re: Speculations on oracle buying sun

From: joel garry <>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 12:20:35 -0700 (PDT)
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On Apr 26, 4:41 pm, wrote:
> On Apr 26, 6:38 pm, Noons <> wrote:
> snip
> > Like I said before to another person: look it up.
> > This comes up in a simple google search:
> > why is it that folks refuse to do a simple search?
> > Anyways: who cares?  IBM is IT history, their products just can't
> > survive for much longer.  Even their software is cactus, nowadays.
> IBM is going to be around for a very very long time.

About a dozen years ago, someone in one of the computer rags (exactly who escapes me at the moment) had a contest to predict the size (sales revenue, perhaps) of IBM at Y2K. Apparently I was one of two people who predicted 0.

Funny, yes, but would you buy a Pontiac just now?

> HP numbers would probably look a whole lot different if you subtracted
> out revenue related to printing.  Maybe not in the short term but
> probably sooner than later printing revenue is really going to turn
> into outdated technology.

And yet, the guy in charge - didn't he come out of the printing group, because they were the most profitable while the other stuff was going to hell in the Carly rockstar basket?

People forget that outdated technology is where the margins get big. Looking at the big picture is where strategic growth comes from. Whoever is in charge needs to keep the proper perspective of all that stuff. Previous success may be a big predictor of that, but it has to be relevant.

> Not that any of that has much to do with why Oracle decided to buy Sun
> after the deal with IBM fell apart.

It actually does. When you start talking about large computer organizations, you start really limiting the pool of upper management talent. If you don't, you wind up with idiocy like soda pop people running computer companies into the ground. Printer products may be more like razor blades than soda pop - but then again, upgrades and support may be, too. So do you have a Braun electric shaver with a charger and periodic cleaning refills and shaver head replacement, or a Schick disposable?


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