Sun's plans for bundling more software and reducing the need for integration could force the channel to look at other ways of creating value-added services, the company's chairman has said.
During his speech at the Comdex 2002 show in Las Vegas this week, Scott McNealy said Sun Microsystems is increasingly focused on reducing the complexity of IT systems.
"Complexity is driving people crazy. That is what we're going to attack. That's where we're going to invest our billions of dollars in terms of reducing complexity for business folks and the chief information officer," he said.
One of the first initiatives is to bundle Sun's Java-based Sun One applications onto Solaris servers by June next year.
"It will all work," said McNealy. "It will all be integrated: you don't have to assemble it; you don't have to do all of that integration."
The Windows-style console will offer click-and-go access to Sun's fast file system, clustering, storage resource management, StarOffice and directory.
Answering questions after his keynote speech, McNealy dismissed the notion that this strategy would reduce the opportunity of value-add services for the channel.
"We will just ship [customers] that switch so the integrators can spend their time hosting or doing managed services or actually helping with the business process re-engineering.
"I think there's a real need for services out there. I just think they are in a huge way misdirected in terms of doing integration of the technology," he said.
Software and hardware vendors needed to spend more money developing their products rather than on getting people to make them work properly, McNealy added.
"Only the computer industry has made things so confusing that we need more people doing integration than doing research and development.
"How many people are trying to fix what the engineers created? That's the problem in our industry and that is our strategy," he said.
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