... Sun would do well to build a new team tasked with putting pressure on its own software portfolio. This disruptive influence would ideally eschew technologies associated with the Java Enterprise System. Instead it would concentrate on other issues such as establishing a business model for the Roller blogging platform, or working out a non-virtual machine story for scripting languages. Doing cool things with Rome and Atom. Focusing on mashups, Web 2.0, Read/Write and programmableweb and new ways of getting things done. Oh yeah - AJAX.
So who is on the A-Team, in my view?
- Hal Stern - Hal is a playful, but could play the role of Corporate Guy on the guerilla team. As a Sun Services representative he can bring some very useful resources to the table. Many of the new approaches in web 2.0 require hosting. That's a potential services play. Note that IBM Global Services doesn't like hosting easy software that doesn't require a lot of expensive customisation.
- Simon Phipps - Simon is currently Sun's chief open source officer. Perhaps counterintuitively, as the rest of the industry begins to realise that Sun isn't "out out get" OSS, his role may become less, rather than more, important. A successful open source strategy requires less top down management of issues. So why not free up Simon to do what he does best. Contrarian Evangelism.
- Tim Bray - developers respect Tim almost without reservation (although his championing of ATOM has left some people scratching their heads). He even thinks of himself as the honourable opposition. Needs to be on the team because he has a visceral dislike of space architecture and WS-I.
- Dave Johnson - the developer behind Roller. He just gets the new new thing, and he builds stuff, rather than talking about it.
- Matt Raible - doesn't work for Sun, but works well with Dave. And RedMonk just likes him...
It's not every day you get listed with a line-up like that! Like Simon Phipps commented - where should I send my resume? Looks like I owe the RedMonk guys a beer or 6.