Former Sun boss Jonathan Schwartz joins social enterprise firm

Jonathan Schwartz, formerly CEO of Sun Microsystems, has joined the board of directors at social enterprise firm Moxie Software.

Schwartz was in charge at Sun when it was gobbled up by Oracle for $7.4bn in 2010. He didn’t hang around for very long at Oracle and famously announced his resignation on Twitter in the form of a haiku, a three line poem with lines made up of five, seven and five syllables.

"Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more," he wrote.

He’s been busy since then, leading a start-up called Picture of Health, which focuses on bringing technological advances to the healthcare field. He also sits on the board of talent management company Taleo and smart grid company Silver Spring Networks.

Now he has added Moxie to the list, joining the company at a time when the social enterprise is a hot topic, thanks to the likes of salesforce.com. "The social enterprise software market is in its infancy, and will undoubtedly grow as companies embrace collaborative interactions with all their constituencies," he said.

"Moxie Software is well-positioned to lead the market as Spaces by Moxie combines the best of social networking technology with the security and scalability required by enterprises," Schwartz added.

"Jonathan is a tremendous addition to Moxie’s experienced leadership team," added Tom Kelly, CEO of Moxie Software. "Moxie’s comprehensive suite of applications is already powering more than 270 million social enterprise interactions per month, and Jonathan’s experience in leading a Fortune 200 company will be instrumental in fuelling our growth and solidifying our position as a leader in the social enterprise software market."

Moxie’s flagship product is called Employee Spaces. The company says it is built for "The Way People Work," with Web 2.0 and social collaboration capabilities, making it easy for people to connect with other people, work in groups and collaborate on projects as well as share knowledge with other employees and customers. Its customers include Sharp, Epson, O2 and P&O Ferries.

Other players in this space include the likes of Jive, Huddle and Mvine.

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