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|Marketing Lessons from Sun's SPARC
| Although all
technology markets are different - IT marketers can learn a lot about the rise
and fall of such markets by reading my monthly retrospective comments on the
home page of the
SPARC Product Directory.
Things that Sun did very well? in growing the SPARC
compatible market in the early 1990s included:-
- brainwashing partners into believing that they were participating in an
open market (rather than a proprietary one).
(myself included) wanted to believe in the new technology revolution. Sun
started as a small company which threatened no one. By helping to accelerate its
growth - partners helped to create a monster which eventually as one SPARC
server oem told me - "ate its young."
- leading the server oem pack in the adoption of the internet as a business
Sun used ezines and online product datasheets to wean its
VARs away from a dependency on print media and accelerate their business
adoption of the internet (initially email and ftp archives) and then
critically (after 1994) the world wide web. This was years ahead of most IBM
and HP VARs. That ecosystem helped create the myth about the "dot in dot
com". It also educated the leading wave of competent electronic
that Sun did very badly?
- supporting new CPU hardware features with OS and driver software (while for
many years Microsoft ignored and failed to support new features in Intel chips).
There are too many to mention here - but
if you want to learn important business lessons go to the
editor of that publication I took an active part in the market's rise (by
helping to aggregate worldwide IHVs, OEMs and VARs). I also anticipated the
market's decline - starting
StorageSearch.com in 1998 as my
bolt-hole - years before it was clear to others that the Sun server market was
going to crash.