Sun Microsystems has pushed back the autumn edition of its SunNetwork customer conference.
Andy Lark, Sun's vice president for global communications and marketing, told vnunet.com that the show, which was due to take place in San Francisco on 13-15 September, is being postponed until after SunNetwork in Barcelona, but will still take place within the current fiscal year.
SunNetwork Barcelona is scheduled for 4-5 May 2005. The company's fiscal year runs through to 30 June.
The decision for the delay was made in July after JavaOne in San Francisco, explained Lark.
From talking to partners and software vendors Sun gathered that "a lot of partners had a really tight roadmap", he said.
But moving the show to May-June 2005 might create another scheduling conflict for partners and software vendors, given that JavaOne is scheduled for June 27-30.
Sun had considered merging JavaOne and SunNetwork but decided against it because the audiences for the two events have little in common, said Lark.
But Rob Enderle, analyst with the Enderle Group, commented that the decision did not bode well for Sun. "Typically, if you cancel a conference it signals a lack of interest by your customers. It sends a message that those customers aren't buying anymore," he told vnunet.com.
SunNetwork debuted in 2002 in San Francisco. Last December the event moved overseas to Berlin and to Beijing in June.
The events usually coincide with Sun's quarterly roundup of product announcements. The products that were scheduled to be unveiled in San Francisco will now be presented at an event in New York on 21 September.
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