Java is causing tension between Sun Microsystems? software subsidiaries as Sunsoft and Javasoft vie for control of the supplier?s overall software strategy, according to US reports.
The two business units are reportedly working on competing product lines and see themselves as rivals rather than allies.
One source said: ?You sit down and talk to both of them and they each see themselves as achieving global software domination, with little or no regard for what their sister business unit is doing. It astounds me in a way that they are part of the same organisation. We were very actively involved with Javasoft, but now we?ve decided to step back and pull up the lawn chairs and see how some of these projects play out.?
Another source pointed out that tension between Javasoft and Sunsoft had led to delays in shipping a just-in-time compiler for Solaris because neither knew which unit should be working on it.
As a mark of its independence from Javasoft, however, Sunsoft has just set up its own Java technology group, which is intended to optimise Java for Solaris. The unit is headed by Larry Weber, vice president and general manager of Sunsoft?s developer products group.
Javasoft, meanwhile, has developed the JavaOS, which it wants to develop into an enterprise operating system, apparently as a replacement for Solaris.
It is also expected to launch a Java Web Server and Java Network Computer Server by the end of the year, even though Sunsoft has Solaris-based versions of both.
Sun said it did not make ?organisational sense? for Javasoft and Sunsoft to compete, but it was important for Javasoft to develop its own product lines.
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