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IBM to buy Sun?

March 26, 2009

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The Wall Street Journal reports that IBM is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems. I was with Sun for seven years, and have very fond memories of the place. Jonathan, I hope you’re playing your cards right on this one.


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  1. Nagaraj Yedathore permalink
    March 26, 2009 12:39 pm

    Great! Way to go!

    I saw one of your cartoons in Deccan Chronicle. Each one of them is wonderful!!!!!

    Keep it up!!!

    Jai Iyer : Nagraj, I had no idea 🙂 Do you know which issue it was published in ?

  2. March 26, 2009 2:07 pm

    You’re (perhaps wrongly) assuming that Schwartz or McNealy have a say in this. We wouldn’t have witnessed such a regrettable development if they were in control (instead of an impatient/greedy stake holder).

  3. Venky permalink
    March 26, 2009 3:44 pm

    I really shouldn’t be laughing, but this is oh so funny! Oh well, time to go pick up a pinstriped suit, I guess. Have had a brilliant run avoiding it so far. Guess it had to end sometime.

  4. March 26, 2009 3:51 pm

    Dear Sri Iyer-vaaL:

    Your cartoons are very very funny. Therein, I find mirch muth… wait, mith… no, much mirth, yes, that only.


    … this leads to coffing!

    Please cease and desist! If you do the first, you will be ceaser, and if you do the latter you de-sister!

    Either way you can’t lose.


  5. Gene permalink
    March 26, 2009 4:29 pm

    Awesome, forward it to the Merc

  6. Peter ffoulkes permalink
    March 26, 2009 5:18 pm

    Excellent cartoon, Jai.

    From Bharath,

    >> “You’re (perhaps wrongly) assuming that Schwartz or McNealy have a say in this. ”

    It is entirely possible that neither Scott not Jonathan have a say in this, but they both certainly had a hand in it. In fact the board and the investors in Sun have been remarkably (and possibly irresponsibly) restrained in not intervening previously. Scott and Jonathan are the individuals responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategy and the delivery of positive business results. They have clearly not been successful in doing this for a protracted period and the investors, employees and customers all lose out in this kind of situation.

    >> We wouldn’t have witnessed such a regrettable development if they were in control
    >> (instead of >> an impatient/greedy stake holder).”

    This is really the crux of the matter. “If they were in control….”

    If one compares Sun with IBM, HP, or Cisco from the perspective of business management the difference is stark and troubling. Listening to their respective earnings calls and investor meeting webcasts is very, very informative. Although IBM, HP and Cisco are all very different in their approaches there is one very clear common thread. Their CEOs are in control and effectively so. They run successful companies.

    How many people that we communicate with say that about Sun?

  7. anonymous coward permalink
    March 26, 2009 6:00 pm

    very funny. nice one. 🙂

  8. Vinay permalink
    March 27, 2009 4:11 pm

    Cutting off the ponytail also has a regional interpretation. Translated roughly to Kannada it means “Juttu tegithini” and as a colloquial way of saying – “I’ll take care of you”. Good one Jai.

  9. Vijaydude permalink
    March 27, 2009 4:37 pm

    Am kind of against this merger. It doesnt value Sun enough and also will kill the innovation that Sun has always been known for!

  10. Maya permalink
    March 27, 2009 6:17 pm

    Jai – This is fast making the rounds at Sun! Excellent drawing as ever…

  11. Jayanth permalink
    March 30, 2009 11:20 am

    With Sun fledging low in recent times, IBM has made a sharp bid for this buyout. I guess IBM became jittery when Cisco announced that they too would enter the ‘server’ market space.

    Needless to say, good toon Jai 🙂

  12. Nagaraj Yedathore permalink
    March 30, 2009 12:38 pm

    Hi Jai,

    Do have a look at the Sunday Chronicle dated, 8th March 2009. They have featured your cartoon, with the article under the title, The Young Crusaders.

    I feel you must have your cartoons copyrighted.


  13. March 30, 2009 3:20 pm

    I wonder what our Pinkaja has to say about such corporate ‘moral policing’. Jai?

  14. Jai Iyer permalink*
    March 31, 2009 7:00 am

    @ Nagaraj :
    Thanks for the link! Feels great to see my cartoon in print. It’s in an article about Nisha Susan (she started the Pink Chaddi campaign) and I’ve given her err ‘power-of-attorney’ over my Pink Chaddi cartoons. So, no copyright issues there. (Even otherwise, I’d have been okay….). I do need to put my other cartoons under a Creative Commons licence that explicitly encourages sharing – that’s on my to-do list.

    Corporate-geerporate and all Pankaja doesn’t care about. If IBM orders her to , for example, ‘plait’ her hair, THEN she’ll get her knickers into a knot.


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