Amid the news surrounding Sun Microsystems’ announcement that they had only lost $209M last quarter (resulting in a 20% bump in their share price) was a suggestion over at the Motely Fool that the company should not be allowed to continue in its current form.
My suggestion is simple: Split the old Sun into two businesses. Let one company figure out how to sell chips and servers, while the other gets a handle on turning a profit from open-source software.
That’s not a terribly wild suggestion. Clearly the company suffers from being too big (two rounds of layoffs in 2008) and too unfocused (could you sum up what Sun does in one sentence?). Part of this stems from the need for the company to reinvent itself from a hardware-centric company to an open source software powerhouse.