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)
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
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)
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)
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)