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Sun Loses 6,000 Watts of Employee Power

Sun Microsystems, one of the few tech companies with true spunk, is pink-slipping some 6,000 workers. That's almost the entire population of the small Massachusetts town I live in.

Sun has been going through a difficult transition. Ten years ago it was like Apple; almost all of its technology -- SunRay, SPARC and Solaris -- were entirely its own. It's transitioning to a dual strategy, hanging on to its unique technology while embracing other technologies (hint: like Windows!).

The Sun layoffs are a pre-emptive strike. It expects business to slump and customers to delay buys, and wants to get ahead of the problem. Every smart business person I know is doing the same. What about you? How are you preparing for what could be an economic tsunami? Give us advice we can use at [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/17/2008 at 1:16 PM


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