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ROUND TABLE:
Standard/Enterprise Edition EC
Ratified

By John Bacon

Nick Briers Nick Briers, Caldera Systems

Caldera Systems is represented by Nick Briers, platform architect for for the server business line. Caldera has been a leader in the Linux community adoption of Java. The Java Development Kit is a key component of Caldera's core distribution for OpenLinux, Open Unix and OpenServer products. And Briers is no new face to the community. He was the OMG representative for Amdahl in the UK, and has been in the IT industry for 25 years.

"The Java Community Process gives us a voice in the future direction of Java technologies," Briers said. "This is important to ensure new Java developments meet our business requirements. Serving another term allows us to continue developing the relationships necessary to extend our benefit of the Java platform."

Briers says Caldera considers active participation in EC deliberations and voting a priority. "And we actively participate in several JSRs (JSR140 and JSR48) as well," he said. As for a peek into the near future, Briers says Web Services offer customers an excellent technology for providing distributed business solutions.

Jason Hunter Jason Hunter, Apache Software

The Apache Software Foundation is represented by Jason Hunter. He is a senior technologist with CollabNet, a foundation member and provider of tools and services for open source-style collaboration. He is the author of the book "Java Servlet Programming" (O'Reillly) and publisher of http:// www.servlets.com/. He also is a co-creator of the open source JDOM library for optimized Java technology and XML integration. In short, Hunter knows of what he speaks. And he speaks of representing the interests of open source projects and developers who support the Java platform.

"The Apache Software Foundation has spent the last year working to instill more openness and collaboration in the Java Community Process," Hunter says. "We're at a crucial point now where the Executive Committee is close to finishing a redefinition of the JSPA legal agreement that members sign when joining the JCP. With this second term, Apache plans to help complete that agreement and ensure that it allows for the first time open source independent implementations of all new JSRs."

Hunter says that Apache has shown by example that open implementations strengthen the Java Platform and do not mean a loss of compatibility. Apache hosts several Reference Implementations of JSRs (including Servlets, JavaServer PagesTM (JSPTM), and the JSTL). Hunter says that the openness of these implementations has sped technology adoption and improved compatibility by allowing vendors to share the same open, reliable base code. "We plan to work during this second term to change the JCP to allow all independent implementors of JSRs to release under open licenses," he said.

Tony de la Lama Tony de la Lama, Borland Software

Borland, a leading provider of e-business solutions for organizations that demand a vendor independent, J2EE-based implementation paltform, is represented by Tony de la Lama, vice president and general manager of Borland's Java Business Unit. De la Lama is responsible for the strategic and technical direction as well as the business development, engineering and marketing efforts of the company's core products based on Java technology.

"We've been pleased to see the cooperation among the companies that represent the Java Community Process on the executive committee," de la Lama says. "We view the JCP as significant to Borland and our customers, who benefit from contributions that move standards forward. De la Lama says his EC role continues to involving bringing Borland's industry experience, both from a technical and a business perspective, to the decision making process while ensuring the continued support of open standards. De la Lama says it remains crucial to focus on standards-based technology that helps lower total cost of ownership and accelerate time-to-market. Thanks to the work of the EC, customers can now expect that new technologies introduced are not too complex to use, he says.

"Although new technologies are great to have, without the ability to create new applications using new technologies, their value is diminished and the costs associated with application development, deployment, integration and management become higher," he says.

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