Sun Microsystems has reorganised itself into seven divisions that will focus on specific technology and services markets to improve time to market and product development.
The move means the end of Javasoft and Sunsoft as autonomous companies, although their products remain in two of the new divisions. Previously divided into five separate operating companies, Sun has now appointed a president of each division who will report to chief technology officer Greg Papadopoulos and chief operating officer Ed Zander.
"Our goal is to align the organisation more tightly and streamline internal processes so that we achieve greater operational efficiency and provide a unified face to the customer," said Zander.
Two new divisions were created to target the networked storage and consumer device containing Java products. Other divisions will be computer systems, microelectronics, Solaris software, Java software, and customer services.
The move may well be in response to criticism for slow development of key products, in particular network computers, Java operating systems, and clustering software for servers.
The reorganisation also may lessen the somewhat independent approach the separate companies had to the market, particularly the various parts of the companies with a role in Java developments.
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