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JavaOne: A Look Back, and Predictions For This YearIt's that time of year again for those of us in the enterprise Java Community. JavaOne descends upon us like the monsoon. It's a force of nature and you'd better be prepared for it. BEA is a Platinum sponsor again this year, another sign of our continuing fealty and devotion to the Java Platform and its community. I have been at every JavaOne since 1995, and the show has changed quite a bit. It is also interesting to recall who Sun's cast of characters was at the individual shows. Except for Gosling and McNealy(and despite the latest news, he's not really gone), there has been quite a turnover in the faces that have shown up to lead the show. The show has also waned in its energy over the past years, down from its Bubble-induced high of 26,000 attendees. Last year's attendance felt a bit like around 10,000, though i... (more)

McNealy at JavaOne: "Somebody Has to Be in Charge of Java, or No One Is."

Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems, kicked off the second day of the 2004 Java Conference in what was largely a reshash of Monday's keynote by Jonathan Schwartz, with a few notable exceptions. In front of an 80 foot-wide HDTV-driven screen, McNealy started out with his standard stand-up routine, railing against press and analysts, and his recent appearance in Playboy magazine about CEO pay, written by former US Labor Secretary and Brandeis University Professor Robert Reich. One constant theme of the Sun keynotes this year has been the mantra that all th... (more)

We Are on the Cusp of Fundamental Change, with iPods and Web 2.0:Chuang

Bill Roth's Blog Another BEA World is upon us, and this year things are a bit different. In addition to the usual developer content, the focus of this year's event is to focus on how real customers are using the technology. Alfred ChuangAlfred started out by talking about his core believe that we are on the cusp of fundamental change, with the advent of iPods, Web 2.0, and social networks. He started with a discussion of Mashups, and talked about how most of them are consumer facing. He then said "The era of innovation in packaged applications is over." He then called out the key... (more)

CIA Falls for Cloud Computing in a Big Way

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer The most anticipated talk of the day yesterday, at the 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, was by the deputy CIO of the CIA, Jill Singer. Her talk was entitled, "Enterprise Cloud Computing, the Infrastructure’s Final Revenge." She acknowledged the problem with defining Cloud Computing, and then went on to give her paragraph-length definition of “the cloud”. Her talk focused on the part of the Cloud behind the firewall. “Today’s CIO must increase the flexibility of the infrastructure,” said Singer. “Today’s CIO must manage cost to... (more)

Cloud Expo: Way Cool Stuff and Seven Versions of the Same Company

I have a love/hate relationship with trade shows. On the one hand, I love them. I love meeting customers and prospects, and I love the shameless boosterism that it entails. On the other hand, as someone who has to manage to a budget and deliver ROI, I hate them. The ROI never works out. From a numbers point of view, they are nearly always a waste of money. (Except in Europe. I am still looking into that one). We recently attended the Cloud Expo/Virtualization Expo in Santa Clara, put on by my old friends at SYS-CON. The traffic was good, and the content was too. In the past, I h... (more)