Creighton back as VP
Murray Creighton has returned to application software vendor, PeopleSoft, as regional senior vice-president of an expanded region after the application software giant merged its Japanese and Asia-Pacific operations.He returns to the company after three years at the helm of Siebel Systems in the same areas. Creighton said he planned to further expand PeopleSoft into “key geographies” such as China and India but singled out Australia as the company’s maturest market in the region. He said it had been key in helping the vendor secure a “dominant foothold in the Asia-Pacific market”.
Sun broadens Linux backing
Sun Microsystems will adopt commonly known Linux distributions for deployment on a range of planned Intel-based systems and will no longer offer its Sun Linux distribution. The company will soon have arrangements with two or three of the top Linux distributors, Sun vice-president of operating systems, John Loiacono, said. He would not name the companies but Sun officials acknowledged Red Hat and SuSE Linux as leading Linux vendors. Sun also will expand its x86-based hardware arsenal for running Linux. Sun now offers its x86-based LX50 server, that runs Linux or Sun’s own Solaris OS. Project Orion is intended to provide for a single package featuring Solaris as well as other Sun products such as the Sun ONE application, directory and Web and portal servers. Orion, which ships later this year, will also be delivered on Linux.
Williams join Trend Micro
Security specialist, Trend Micro, has appointed Greg Williams as channel and marketing director for A/NZ. During the past four years he has been principal consultant with Executive Essentials, a strategic realignment company he co-founded. His new role is to develop a marketing strategy and implement a channel model to drive Trend Micro sales. Williams, who has held positions at Lotus and IBM, is looking forward to the challenge.