Organizational man


Irving Wladawsky-Berger started working at IBM in 1970 and retired in 2007 with what is, to me, the smartest corporate response to Linux/OpenSource as his capstone accomplishment. TG: Sun has committed to releasing all of its code as open source. Do you think IBM will do the same? IW-B: I…

The train to the terminal station


Digital Equipment Corporation Silicon Graphics Corporation Sun Microsystems One might get the impression that the boards of directors of technology companies have as much ability to intervene to stop suicidal business strategies as the boards of directors of Bear Stearns did. But business is simple: you always have to look…

Suns tracking SGI


IBM dropped its offer to acquire Sun for $7billion. Sun has now a series of projects for which it has large costs, but no clear method of making money. What did Sun gain from open sourcing Solaris, from giving away Java, from embracing Linux, and so on? Irving Wladawsky-Berger (whose…