President and COO of Sun Federal Bill Vass' Weblog

Thursday Mar 27, 2008


Jonathan Schwartz and I have both been blogging for about the same amount of time. Initially, when I was CIO of Sun, I maintained two blogs, one that was internally facing and another that was externally facing. This allowed me to really say "anything" I wanted to employees on the internal blog, often giving user tips on how to use IT features to be more productive, or thanking people in IT that had done a great job. On the external blog, I focused more on industry trends and where I thought things were going and how Sun had a part in the future. I felt both blogs were a great way to communicate to my user base (Sun employees), our customers, the industry, and most importantly, the members of the Sun IT team.

In one of our many meetings, Jonathan gave me a hard time about running two blogs and said I should just take the plunge and do an external only blog, which I did when I moved to Sun Federal as the President and COO.

Recently, Jonathan said I should write more about myself in my blog and that I focus too much on business. When I pointed out that 95 percent of his blogs are about business and the future of IT, he had two comments. 1) That he and each of his blogging staff had created "5 things you don't know about me" blogs - which I still plan to do :-) 2) That my blog needed to have more pictures... which I am working on.

Anyway, I usually don't like to talk about my private life in public, so I focus on the IT industry, open source, and Sun. Well now I have a chance to talk about both the IT industry and a little about my personal life. And I will even work in a few pictures :-)


A few months ago I was having dinner with Rishi Sood, VP of Research at Gartner, we were talking about business and then about our families. I mentioned that my wife is Shari Steele head of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) .


Being the tech savvy guy that Rishi is, he immediately recognized EFF as the organization that set up the legal constructs for the Internet, made encryption legal on the Internet so we could have the electronic commerce we all enjoy today, and the organization that is often considered the "ACLU" of Cyberspace protecting our online privacy and freedom. He followed that recognition with the comment "Wow... your wife is MUCH more important than you are." Well I had to agree with that comment as well :-)

Shari and I have made a great team for years, and I am very proud of what she has accomplished at EFF along with everything else in her personal life. She has often been in the press and has been recognized for her accomplishments in many public forums. Shari was just selected as one of the 50 Top Women in Technology by Corporate Board Member Magazine. Shari is on the same page as Nancy Stewart, CTO at Walmart and Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay.

Shari has received a lot of recognition over the years for all the great work she has done... but don't take my word for it ... "do a Google" on her name to get an idea of how great and important my wife really is...

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