4. Unbreakable MySQL. Under Sun's stewardship, the MySQL community has fractured amid reports of buggy releases and an exodus of former employees. Oracle needs to grab the reins and shore up MySQL's position as its new, entry-level database for departments, software developers, and Web apps. Make InnoDB the standard table type, give the code a thorough quality review, and let the industry know that it can forget about the other guys because the new MySQL is a rock-solid database backed by the full faith and support of Oracle. Oh yeah, and it's still free.
3. Build Sun's cloud on an enterprise-grade RDBMS. MySQL is a great product, but everything has its place. Jonathan Schwartz says he wants to build Sun's cloud computing platform using all open source technologies, including MySQL as the database back end. Is he offering a service or making a fashion statement? Your customers wouldn't choose MySQL for that purpose, and neither should you. Rip that out of there, replace it with Oracle's database, and not only will the project start to look legitimate enough that it might actually win some customers, but you won't need 4,000 developers to get it to work reliably, either.
2. Forget about JavaFX. Sun has had a hard enough time competing with the likes of HP, IBM, and Microsoft. Did it really think it could take on Adobe, too? JavaFX was late to the RIA party and it met with a cool reception from its intended audience. And for all Sun's bluster about uniting developers and designers, Adobe took that goal to heart years ago. Better to scrap this stillborn strategy and partner with Adobe on Flash.
1. Fire Sun's entire marketing department. Those clowns have all the savvy of the team at the Sirius Cybernetics Corp., and they deserve the same fate. Sun should have come out of its corner swinging as soon as the dot-com bubble burst. If it had, this merger might never have had to happen. Instead, it pussyfooted around with pointless maneuvers such as changing its stock ticker symbol to JAVA (as if your average Wall Street broker could care). Sun's technology portfolio should practically market itself. Let's hope it's finally found management that will play the game like it's in it to win.