Monthly Archives: February 2006

A glass half full

Joost Pronk Van Hoogeveen, Solaris Virtualisation Product Manager presented. He had one rather excellent slide, showing Sun’s technologies as a spectrum, from Dynamic System Domains, though a Hypervisor solution, to Containers and then the Resource Manager.

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An epiphany about ZFS

I attended a lecture on ZFS, which I found inspiring for the first time. The original article is here, on my old sun/oracle blog. I called it an epiphany.

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Back to SFO

I returned to San Francisco for a Data Center Ambassador’s Conference.

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McKinsey on strategy, services and product

On my sun/oracle blog I wrote a note/précis of an issue of the McKinsey Quarterly. The keynote article, “Distortions & deceptions in strategic decisions” looks at the flawed human values often inserted into major business decisions. They quote a major acquisition decision taken by a dominant player and suggest that the major advocate of the merger wanted it for personal political gain. They look at ways in which these human factors can be brought into the open and evaluated in the decision making process. Despite identifying over-optimism as a frequent occurrence once a proposal has been made, the decision not to proceed is often taken in private and so collaborative decision making cannot neutralise these human shortcomings. One suggestion is to ask the proposer, what their next best proposal is.

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Separating the telco hype from the reality

After lunch, Lars Godsell, one of Forrester’s principal analysts shared his views about the telco industry. He promised to “separate the hype from reality”.

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Don’t just listen, understand!

It’s half term, so Sun have arranged a business trip to Barcelona. I’m attending a Sun Telco Sales team training event. The customer keynote was given by Xavier Krichner, Director de Prospectiva of Telefonica who spoke about innovation.

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