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Standard/Enterprise Edition EC Elections, 2001

Standard/Enterprise Edition EC

By John Bacon

Mikko Kolehmainen Mikko Kolehmainen, Nokia Networks
Nokia Networks, which has been a member of the J2ME committee, now joins the J2EE panel. The representative is Mikko Kolehmainen, Nokia's Global Competence Area Manager for Software Architectures.

"My goal is to be able to bring the Nokia's telecom expertise to the benefit of Java community," Kolehmainen says. Nokia is a major player not only in the field of terminal devices, but also in the area of connectivity in the Mobile Information Society. Kolehmainen says that Java technology will be playing a key role in the development of 3G services.

"As we are moving towards a mobile information society, the role of Java will be significant in telecom networks. Enhancing J2EE server platforms may one day form an important part of a single network element," Kolehmainen says. "Therefore, the possibility for contributing to the JCP is of great importance to Nokia Networks, especially as Nokia is committed to open mobile architectures."

Kolehmainen says that expectations of expansion next year will probably increase activities in all Java technology areas and the number of JSR's. "In the short term, the issue of visibility as an executive committee member is important here. And if you know in which direction the technology is developing, it is easier to commit to it," Kolehmainin said. "In the long term, the integral openness of JCP creates room for innovativeness and new business opportunities."

Sean Neville Sean Neville, Macromedia

Macromedia, which sought seats on both ECs, won one on the SE/EE committee. The representative is Sean Neville. He is the architect of the JRun app server, and currently sits on a number of J2EE-related expert groups. JRUN is a compliant application server that ties Macromedia to hundreds of thousands of users and 100,000 customers. Neville says that builders of web and networked applications need and deserve a stronger voice in the development of the core technologies that they employ. The Java Community Process opens the development of new technologies to everyone, but many of those actively participating in the process focus upon engineering needs and assume skill specialization that the majority of web application builders might not share. Macromedia, he says, feels passionately that powerful, moving technology need not be complex to use and create.

"Participating at the JCP Executive Committee level provides us with an open, standards-based means of extending this vision accompanied by the voices of application builders deeper into the world of J2EE," Neville says. "In the process, we hope to further democratize, simplify, and extend the J2SE/EE platforms."

Neville stresses that the standards and specifications produced through the JCP program are affected by issues such as the cost of maintaining and growing software over time, costs associated with platform interoperability and changes in interoperability requirements over time, and costs associated with the skill sets necessary to create and maintain long-lived business applications.

"As a result of giving these issues critical priority and insisting upon realizing them in specifications, the JCP ensures the long-term viability of -- and therefore the wisdom of long-term investment in -- the Java technology of today even as it safely grows into the Java technology of tomorrow," he says. Macromedia, he says, is focused on emergent technologies, demystifying them and making them accessible to the developers, builders, and designers who can mold them into powerful and meaningful creations. "And as the economy improves, we are very much looking forward to the return of creative engineering freedom and affluence that businesses require for the exploration of relevant, important new technologies," he says. "Freedom affords true innovation."

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