Briefs: Sun Reorganizes for Customer Focus

FRAMINGHAM (05/05/2000) - Sun Microsystems Inc. will reorganize its operations to better focus on the needs of customers, the hardware and software maker announced last week.

The moves, which will take effect July 1, include establishing a customer advocacy function to watch over companywide product quality and availability.

MicroStrategy Restates Earnings

MicroStrategy Inc. last week restated its quarterly financial results for last year, leaving the once high-flying maker of data analysis software with losses in each of 1999's four quarters. The Vienna, Virginia-based company had already restated its results for last year, saying three weeks ago that last year's total revenue was being adjusted from $205.3 million to $151.3 million.

Users Ask Microsoft To Slow App ReleasesThe year-old Microsoft Manufacturing User Group (MS-MUG) wants the software giant to slow the introduction of new software releases affecting real-time manufacturing controls. Manufacturers can't afford to shut down plants to deploy a new operating system or service pack every time Microsoft Corp. releases an upgrade, members of the MS-MUG said in interviews last week.

Short Takes

The New York Mercantile Exchange board of directors announced that it approved a new Internet-based commodities exchange that will initially focus on electronic trading of crude oil, petroleum products, natural gas and electricity..

Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft's chief technology officer, who took a sabbatical last year to pursue other interests, will act as a part-time special adviser to Bill Gates.

Enrico Pesatori has left Compaq Computer Corp. to take over as president and CEO of server vendor Synaxia Networks Corp., which has yet to release a product.