High Noon: The Inside Story of Scott McNealy and the Rise of Sun Microsystems / Edition 1

High Noon: The Inside Story of Scott McNealy and the Rise of Sun Microsystems / Edition 1

by Karen Southwick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471297135

ISBN-13: 9780471297130

Pub. Date: 08/27/1999

Publisher: Wiley

High Noon In 1982, a little upstart named Sun was making waves in the high-tech industry with its groundbreaking workstation technology, even as early competitors dismissed the company as not worth losing sleep over. Since then, Sun Microsystems has become a formidable presence in the industry, making its own rules and taking no prisoners, and is currently poised

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High Noon In 1982, a little upstart named Sun was making waves in the high-tech industry with its groundbreaking workstation technology, even as early competitors dismissed the company as not worth losing sleep over. Since then, Sun Microsystems has become a formidable presence in the industry, making its own rules and taking no prisoners, and is currently poised to reach the highest point of its ascendancy-the challenge of Microsoft's dominance over the future of computing. The driving force behind this once fledgling company is a man who has been described as brash, unconventional, ambitious, forward-looking, and sometimes even his own worst enemy. Scoff McNealy turned Sun into the multibillion-dollar success it is today-a developer of innovative software like Java that is revolutionizing the computing landscape. High Noon is the inside story of Sun's rise to power, from its shaky start in Silicon Valley through its transformation under the aggressive and inspirational leadership of McNealy. Karen Southwick reveals the behind-the-scenes maneuverings of McNealy and Sun, with candid interviews from the key players and insights into the inner workings of the high-tech industry. This book examines how scrappy underdog Sun overcame its larger and supposedly tougher competitors, combining hard work, tenacity, and talented people to build a more innovative and flexible company. You'll learn how McNealy moved Sun up the industry food chain, challenging more established companies like Hewlett-Packard and Digital Equipment by expanding Sun's product line and refocusing the business. High Noon expertly chronicles McNealy's triumphant history with Sun, from his early days as vice president of manufacturing to a CEO known for shooting straight from the hip without regard for the consequences. You'll discover how "Javaman"-as Fortune magazine dubbed McNealy-prompted Sun to take risks that ultimately allowed it to survive, thrive, and dominate-making Microsoft stand up and take notice. And you'll see how Sun's looming showdown with this industry giant promises wide-reaching implications for businesses and consumers alike. Among High Noon's revelations:

• A new perspective on how the complex, contradictory McNealy shaped his company and fashioned its strategy

• Insight into central issues facing the hightech industry, such as network computers and the future of the Internet

• An insider view of the maneuverings of industry powerhouses, including Microsoft, Oracle, Netscape, IBM, and Intel
Both entertaining and instructive, High Noon offers valuable lessons for taking charge of your destiny and succeeding in a fast-paced, unpredictable, and even hostile environment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471297130
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/27/1999
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sun Goes to Washington.

Beginnings.

In the Driver's Seat.

Tooting Its Own Horn.

On Top of the World.

Hard Times.

Kick Butt and Have Fun.

What Is Java, Anyway?

Java Boils Over.

At War with the Evil Empire.

The War Escalates.

Changing the Rules (Again).

The Millennial Sun.

Chapter Notes.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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