Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Most Historic Day In My Lifetime

Tom Toles of the Washington Post that captured just how important today is with this op ed cartoon.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed....

Without question, this is the most historic day in my lifetime and if we ever needed a transformational and inclusive leader it is now. Barack Obama has been given a very tough hand, but I believe that he has all the tools to be a truly great President of the United States of America.

New Role Chief Technologist (CT) for GSE in the Software Line of Business

I should have blogged about this announcement of my new role when it occurred on June 4th, but I was so busy with JavaOne and a lot of customers, that I have not had the time for blogging.

Since this is the first day of Sun's FY10 and I am on vacation here in Ocean City, Maryland waiting for the morning fog to burn off, I thought I should mention my new role Chief Technologist (CT) for Global Systems Engineering (GSE) in the Software Line of Business (LOB). That is a long title, but one that I am very, very excited about and thankful to have this new role at Sun. I was the CT for North America and then the Americas (including Canada and South America).

Sun is still second to none in the ability to create strong software communities in the open source world. We are continuing to tweak the monetization framework to adjust to this evolving economy. Without question, open source already has won and it is just a matter of time before everyone realizes this.

Below is a snippet of the text from my announcement on June 4th, 2009.

Dave joined Sun in early 1987. In 22+ years at Sun he has held a variety of positions working with a broad range of products and applications for a wide ranging set of customers in both commercial and government markets. Dave has been in the computer industry since 1978 and has held programming, management, sales and systems engineering leadership positions for a variety of companies, and has been working with Unix since 1981. Most recently, Dave was the CT for North America's SW Practice holding this position for almost five years.

Dave led the creation of Software Genius University (SGU) with some of our top SEs in the Software Practice and across Sun that delivered 760 hours of content. Each week, Dave hosts a technology webinar, with Brian Leonard, for Sun's global
employees and Sun's global partners.

Dave was the "father" of the Mid Atlantic Area Technology Center for Sun. This multi-million dollar Center had over 300 customers through it in just over seven years and has posted world class industry leading benchmarks. The Center won the 1996 World Wide System Engineering Creativity Award.