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Is Sun Setting?
As expected, Sun's quarterly report yesterday made for pretty grim reading. The company reported a net loss of $760 million, or 23 cents a share. This compares to net income of $4 million, breakeven per share, during the year-ago quarter (see Sun Loses $760M in Q3).
To make matters worse, Sun is now faced with the prospect of shedding some of the excess weight it acquired during the Internet boom. But there are other issues at the heart of this problem.
Sun struggles to promote a coherent message about its technology. As one Sun customer, who asked not to be named, puts it, Sun hasnt been working hard enough at explaining their long-term strategy.
What Sun is missing, that IBM has been really good at, is that Sun hasnt told a compelling enough message, says Thomas Murphy, VP at Meta Group.
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