Miko Matsumura: Evangelizing the web-app

By Julian Matthews

Miko Matsumura may have left his position as Java evangelist for Sun Microsystems but he’s still singing the same mantra. The new spin on the “network is the computer” is that the “Net is the application.” Here he speaks about the rent-a-web-app doctrine, the second coming of the network computer, and BizTone.com Inc, which is pioneering the new movement on the Net.

Sept 16, 1999, Kuala Lumpur — Miko Matsumura may not display the flamboyance that had him bungee-jump off a bridge suited up as Java’s mascot Duke last year. These days, he sports three-piece suits, albeit uncomfortably, in his new corporate veneer. The boyish charm and improbable sixties hair-style is still there, but the tone is more, err, business-like.

As BizTone.com Inc’s vice president of strategy, Matsumura believes his new Java-fueled vehicle has got “the right stuff” and is on the brink of stellar growth. A pending IPO, may sweeten the journey.

Simply put, Matsumura wants companies to put their cash registers on the Internet. In fact, if he had his way, he would have you throw in your ledger, accounts and entire financial documentation in there.

You would access it as you would Hotmail - anywhere - minus the security flaws of course.

“It is like putting money in the bank. Wouldn’t you rather have it there than under the mattress?” he said.

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Sun Microsystems chief Java strategist joins MSC company

by Julian Matthews

December 22, 1998, Kuala Lumpur — Sun Microsystems Inc technical strategist and chief Java evangelist Miko Matsumura has joined a little-known Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor company called Datek Sdn Bhd.

Matsumura said he was leaving the Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer giant for the small, pure-Java software developer because it is the most exciting and successful company among the hundreds he has seen.

“It is truly both a serious enterprise computing player and an Internet company, a rare combination. I have found the killer app I was looking for,” he said.

Matsumura will assume the position of president of US operations and vice president of strategy for BizTone.com Inc, the tentative new global name for Datek.

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