Sun to reorganise

Sun Microsystems is combining its three software divisions into a single unit to be managed by Alan Baratz, currently head of Sun's Java software division, sources said Friday. The reorganisation will take effect July 1.

Called the Software Products and Platforms division, the new business unit will include Java software, the Solaris OS, and embedded and consumer devices, sources close to the company said.

The former head of the Solaris software division, John McFarlane, will become president of a newly defined service provider group, sources said.

The reorganisation of the company's software units comes as a result of the recently formed Sun-Netscape alliance, which has redirected the efforts of hundreds of Sun employees to focus on the development of the new Alliance product line -- primarily messaging, directory, and application server software.

One such employee is Mark Tolliver. Formerly head of the consumer and embedded devices division, Tolliver is now at the helm of the Sun-Netscape alliance.

Taking his place is Mike Clary, who has been managing Sun's Jini strategy; he will report to Baratz. Jon Kanegaard, general manager of the Java software division, will head that piece of Baratz's pie, and Anil Gardre will become vice president of the Solaris group within the Software Products and Platforms division.

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