Sun Microsystems -A Company Analysis
This paper is an historical overview of Sun Microsystem’s achievements since its founding in 1982.
This paper is an analysis of the Fortune 500 company, Sun Microsysytems. Sun Microsystems was founded in 1982 for the purpose of selling low-cost, high-performance desktop computers running the UNIX operating system. It is a factual overview of the development of the company since establishment. It details Sun Microsystem’s operating strategy, it’s product and service design, Sun’s Process Planning, Analysis, and Re-engineering, and it’s management principles. It is an in-depth of the company’s performance and it provides insight to their overwhelming success.
“The history of Sun Microsystems’ operations strategy can be seen from its first years when Andreas Bechtolsheim, William Joy, Vinod Khosla, and Scott McNealy founded Sun Microsystems, Inc., in 1982 for the purpose of selling low-cost, high-performance desktop computers running the UNIX operating system. These computer workstations found immediate acceptance among engineers, software developers, and scientists who benefited from having dedicated machines, rather than sharing more expensive minicomputers or mainframe computer systems (www.java.sun.com). Unlike its Fortune 500 competitors, Sun Microsystems did not have revenue from other sources to fund development of its computer workstations. This meant that the company needed hundreds of millions of dollars in start-up investments, as well as large purchase agreements, to develop a hardware manufacturing infrastructure and to attract top-flight hardware and software engineers. In 1983 the company signed a multimillion-dollar original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Computervision Corporation, a designer of computer-aided design and engineering programs. This was the first of many large OEMs for which Sun built computers that sold the workstations under their own labels (Jackson, 1998, p. 119).”