Summary: Former Microsoft executives issue an Android-hostile report
For several years we showed how Juniper got stuffed with Microsoft people [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and now we face some consequences, as summarised in a long and detailed new post which does not neglect to say:
Juniper Networks conducted the 18 month study. The CEO of Juniper Networks, Kevin Johnson, is a former Microsoft executive (Juniper Networks Press Release, 2008). When Johnson decided to leave Microsoft to become Juniper’s CEO, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer praised Johnson: “Kevin has built a supremely talented organization and laid the foundation for the future success of Windows and our Online Services Business.” (Fried, 2008) This paints an entirely different picture of Juniper’s possible motivations for conducting the study. Microsoft is trying to enter a mobile market where Android is dominant. A study from a company filled with former Microsoft executives (see below) paints a very bad picture of the prime competitor. Wouldn’t this have all been very nice to know while reading the “study”?
The ‘Microsoft press’ named “12 Microsoft Execs Who Made the March to Juniper Networks”. To quote: “Since former Microsoft senior executive Kevin Johnson became CEO in 2008, 12 execs from Redmond have followed him to VP roles at the networking company.” So they hire former colleagues.
Without pointing to the FUD they released against Android, let’s just remember who really runs Juniper. █