Time in the Sun

Time in the Sun

Do you have any dislikes in the IT industry?

Often we don't take enough time to understand what the customer challenges are and come up with a solution that caters to those. We also don't take into account how difficult it is for people to adapt and change in a changing industry.

What's the next big thing in the industry?

I see two or three things as key. The open source revolution is going to change the industry quite significantly over the years and is more prime-time today than it's ever been. Customers also need to green their environment and eco-computing is top of mind. That will be the next phase creating more efficiencies. I think the other thing being underscored by the iPod phenomenon is simplicity of technology use. The industry is going to have to move to make IT much more user-friendly.

What's the main focus for Sun this year?

It's about continuing the momentum we already have in the market, driving our volume business and driving our messaging around socially responsible computing. We're also continuing to push open storage message. Another area is working with communities that enable collaboration and sharing information. I think social networking will have an impact on people's lives whether we want it to or not.

What do you do when you're not at work?

I'm the exact opposite to the way I am at work and will have my phone off if I can. I like spending time with friends and family and doing things that don't involve working in any way, shape or form. I love cooking and tennis.

Do you like gadgets?

Not really, although I like gadgets that are practical.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

When I was younger I had an aspiration to travel the world and experience things. As far as a job was concerned, I didn't have something particular in mind. Growing up in a traditional Indian family, my mother wanted me to be a chartered accountant, which I was never going to be.

What's your biggest ambition?

My biggest personal ambition is to see my son succeed in life as I feel hugely responsible for him as a person. In my career, it's always been to mentor young people and help them advance their careers.

Company snapshot

  • Sun was incorporated in 1982 by four employees: Scott McNealy, Vinod Khosla, Andy Bechtolsheim and Bill Joy. Its first workstations included TCP/IP, the forerunner to the Internet protocol suite.
  • In 1986 the vendor introduced PC-NFS technology, bringing network computing to PC users.
  • Core brands today include Java, the Solaris operating system, MySQL database, StorageTek and the UltraSparc processor.

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