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Profiles of JCP EC Representatives

The job of an Executive Committee (EC) representative is a serious commitment. The time required is extensive, and includes reading of specifications, Reference Implementations (RIs), and Technology Compatibility Kits (TCKs), as well as regular attendance at EC meetings and teleconferences to discuss and vote on various technical and process topics. Besides voting on Java Specification Requests (JSRs) at various stages, the EC guides the Program Management Office (PMO) in the evolution of the Java Community Process (JCP) program. EC decisions can have significant, long-term consequences to not only the community, but also in the industry and the market. Still, plenty of JCP participants relish the task of representing a corporation, non-profit, open source group, or themselves.

Mike Milinkovich
Mike is the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation supporting the Eclipse open-source community and commercial ecosystem. With over 160 corporate members worldwide and over 80 projects comprised of almost 900 developers, Eclipse is one of the world's most successful open source communities. Primarily focused on Java implementations, Eclipse's projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle. A large, vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups, universities and research institutions and individuals extend, complement and support the Eclipse platform.

Mike has been contributing to the technology industry for over twenty years as a senior software industry executive with both hands-on and leadership experience in all aspects of the business including: engineering, development management, product management, training and services, business development, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property management and licensing. Most recently a vice president in Oracle's Development Group, Mike led the Application Server Technical Services team, a group of highly technical experts who support Oracle's application server strategic customers and partners.

Prior to joining Oracle, Mike was with WebGain where he was Vice President of Worldwide Services and President of WebGain Canada. Other experiences include: The Object People which did worldwide technology consulting and training; Object Technology International where he held various roles in software engineering, product management and business development; and IBM, where Mike was responsible for worldwide product marketing of a major IBM software product line and technical strategy for their VisualAge for Java tools product.

Mike earned his Masters of Science degree in Information and Systems Sciences and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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