Java Community Process Program Election Results Are In!

New Executive Committee Members for Java Community Program 2.0 Are Instated

PALO ALTO, CA -- November 20, 2000 -- The Program Management Office of the Java Community Process (JCP) program today announced the new Executive Committee (EC) members of the JCP, the community process for evolving Java technology. These 30 EC members, who were voted into office by the Java technology developer community through the JCP program, will guide the development of the Java platform for a 3-year term staggered to allow for 5 of the 15 seats of each Executive Committee to come up for election each year. The new EC members will take office on December 12, 2000.

Hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the JCP 2.0 elections process highlights that the JCP 2.0 program, launched last June, is a successful, open, community-based process for developing Java technology specifications, reference implementations and associated technology compatibility kits. The JCP community members' active participation in the elections process demonstrates that the software industry is dedicated to the JCP program's goal of rapidly developing the Java technologies while balancing the need to maintain cross-platform capability, Java's most valuable characteristic. The JCP program has been in place since 1998. JCP 2.0 builds upon the original process by creating two separate executive committees - consumer/embedded and enterprise markets - and by clarifying processes for issue resolution, responsibility sharing, and voting.

The Role of the Executive Committees

With the launch of JCP 2.0 last June, two ECs were established. One oversees the Java technologies for the enterprise desktop/server market, with responsibility for the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition and Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition technology specifications. The other one oversees the Java technologies for the consumer/embedded market, with responsibility for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition technology specification. The EC members represent a diverse cross-section of technology leaders in both markets, including: Andersen Consulting, Apache, Apple, BEA Systems, Borland, Caldera, Cisco Systems, Compaq, Ericsson, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Insignia Solutions, IONA Technologies, Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Palm, Inc., Philips, RIM, Siemens, SONY, WebGain, Wind River Systems, Zucotto Wireless as well as an individual participant, Doug Lea, representing the research and education communities.

The ECs make key decisions concerning Java technology specifications as they move through the JCP 2.0, sharing with the Java technology developer community and Sun the responsibility for the continued rapid evolution and adoption of Java technology.

Executive Committee Members Comment on the JCP Program


"Apple is committed to providing Mac users the best possible Internet experience," said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "We look forward to developing and deploying Java technology in key Internet applications like Mac OS X, WebObjects and QuickTime, and are pleased to participate in the Java Community Process as a member of the Executive Committee."

BEA Systems, Inc.

"BEA supports the JCP 2.0 and is gratified to be one of the selected companies helping to guide and drive the evolution and adoption of Java standards on behalf of the greater Java community," said Scott Dietzen, CTO of the BEA E-Commerce Server Division. "BEA welcomes the new Executive Committee Members and supports greater participation in the community to fuel the continual success of Java technology as the development platform for e-commerce. Today, thousands of customers and partners are using BEA WebLogic, the market-leading Java platform testament to the leading role that BEA plays in the Java industry."


"We are proud that a community of our peers voted us to the Executive Committee of the JCP, and we are looking forward to continuing to work together with Sun and other Executive Committee members to participate in the evolution of new Java technologies," said Tony de la Lama, vice president and general manager of Borland's Java business unit. "As was one of the first adopters of Java technology, our enterprise solutions help deliver Java standards to the community and accelerate the acceptance of Java technology in the market."

Caldera Systems

"With Java direction managed by the JCP EC, many companies now have a voice in the future of Java technology," said Darren Davis, vice president of research and development for Caldera Systems, Inc. "Caldera hopes to bring its experience in developing Open Source solutions and open standards involvement to the Java Community Process."


"We are very pleased to be continuing our role as a JCP Executive Committee member. The JCP 2.0 program addresses the enterprise Java roadmap for customers looking to combine the productivity of Java technology with the proven strengths of Compaq NonStop Himalaya servers and Compaq AlphaServers. Our participation in the evolution of Java and J2EE technology is key to our ability to deliver what our customers need" said Gary Campbell, Vice President & Chief Technical Officer, Compaq's Enterprise Servers.

Doug Lea
Computer Science professor,
SUNY Oswego. "I'm pleased to serve as a voice for the research and education communities on the JCP Executive Committee, and encourage researchers and educators to contact me about how their concerns and expertise can help guide the future of the language and platform," said Doug Lea, professor of Computer Science at SUNY Oswego.

Hewlett Packard, Inc.

"HP is excited to be elected as an Executive Committee member of the Java Community Process", said Beth Keer, hp Enterprise Java Lab director. "hp is fully committed to Java technology and we are dedicated to collaborating with the Java community to further evolve Java technology as an open industry standard".


"I am pleased to be working with JCP 2.0 as an Executive Committee member. JCP 2.0 allows us to work with other members of the Java community to open up the process of improving Java technology. IBM continues to actively assist in the development of Java specifications through the process in cooperation with the international Java community," said Sandy Rankin, Director, Java and Emerging Technology Software, IBM.

IONA Technologies

"We're thrilled to join the Executive Committee of the JCP, and I know that IONA will continue to make valuable contributions to the future direction of the specification - specifically in the area of J2EE application server interoperability," said Barry Morris, IONA's CEO. "As a member of the JCP interim committee, IONA contributed to several JSRs, leading the effort on the IIOP Protocol Adapter for JMX. Now, as a formal member of the JCP, we look forward to continuing our efforts on these important projects, and we thank our colleagues for their support."

Insignia Solutions

"Insignia is delighted to be continuing our pioneering role as a member of the J2ME Executive Committee for the JCP," said Jon Hoskin, chief technology officer of Insignia Solutions. "In this critical role, we are vested with defining the specifications that are key to the successful deployment of Java technology in Internet appliances and embedded devices. We at Insignia are deeply committed to this process. It is fundamental to our business strategy and supports our efforts in successfully marketing our accelerated Jeode virtual machine technology. We greatly value the influential role accorded us by the JCP membership and take this responsibility very seriously."

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic)

"We are very proud to be an Executive Committee member of the Java Community Process program", said Yoshiaki Kushiki, Director , Multimedia R&D, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic). "Matsushita Electric's strong support for the Java Community process program, our smart technologies and broad experience in the consumer electronics field with our Panasonic brand, will contribute to the realization of a new open architecture suited for non-PC Internet devices."


"JCP 2.0 expands industry cooperation, and we are delighted that the Java community has invited Motorola to continue in a leadership role to define standards that support the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition," said Anne-Marie Larkin, vice president and director of Motorola's Wireless Software Applications and Services.


"Nokia is delighted about this opportunity to participate in developing the Java Community Process to meet the demands of the future. We foresee that in the coming years Java technology will play an increasingly important role also in the mobile environment. We welcome the contribution of the executive committees in ensuring that Java specification is proceeding in an open and timely manner," says Jari Pasanen, Vice President, Application Platform Management, Nokia Mobile Phones.

Oracle Corporation

"Oracle is pleased to be part of the JCP 2.0 process," said Donald R. Deutsch, Vice President of Standards Strategy and Architecture for Oracle Corporation. "We are enthusiastic about continuing our work with the SE/EE Executive committee and the entire Java developer community to improve Java technology and increase the openness of the Java Community Process program."

Palm, Inc.

"Infusing the Palm OS(R) platform with Sun's Java technology will further integrate handheld computers with intranets and the Internet," said Christy Wyatt, director of Strategic Alliances and Market Development at Palm, Inc. "We look forward to helping ensure seamless deployment of Java technology-based applications on Palm Powered handhelds for enterprise developers through this opportunity on the JCP Executive Committee."


"Java technology provides an industry standard programming platform that significantly eases the development and deployment of wireless applications. As a leader in the wireless industry, RIM is pleased to be part of the JCP Executive Committee. We look forward to working with Sun and the Java technology developer community to continuously evolve the specifications that enable broader development of wireless Internet, intranet and eCommerce applications," said David Yach Vice President, Software, Research In Motion, Limited.


"Siemens is pleased to continue its activities in the stewardship of Java technology as member of the JCP Micro Edition Executive Committee. Java technology plays a key role in a variety of Siemens products. The Micro Edition covers core businesses of Siemens," said Dr. Lothar Borrmann, head of the Department for Software and Systems Architectures of Siemens Corporate Technology, Munich. "Siemens will continue the constructive collaboration of the further development of the Java platform."

Sun Microsystems

"The success of the JCP is proof of the industry's willingness to work together through the JCP to drive a strong pace of innovation for the Java technologies, from the wireless arena to the data center," said George Paolini vice president of System Software Technology Evangelism and Marketing, Sun Microsystems. "Java technology, embraced by developers as an industry standard, requires an inclusive, effective process for its management and we look forward to the process itself as well as the Java technologies continuing to evolve under the stewardship of the new executive committees."


"As a leading provider of Java development solutions, we are delighted at our election to help represent the voice of the Java development community on the Executive Committee," said Joe Menard, CEO of WebGain Inc. "The latest versions of WebGain Studio, VisualCafé, StructureBuilder, Toplink and Spin demonstrate WebGain's commitment to providing a comprehensive development framework for enterprise-class Java technology-based applications. This opportunity to help guide the future of Java can only further that commitment and, in turn, fundamentally improve the way enterprises design, develop, deploy and manage n-tier e-business applications."

Wind River

"Wind River is honored to be elected by the Java community to represent the embedded industry on the JCP Executive Committee," said Joerg Bertholdt, Product Line Manager, Applications Platforms for the Wind River Platforms business unit and EC representative for Wind River. "Wind River has continuously led efforts to adapt Java technology for embedded devices, giving the company unique insight into the complex market requirements for embedded Java specifications and implementations that enable smart connected devices. As a member of the EC, Wind River will advocate for the embedded community and provide a forum for communication and feedback to create superior Java specifications. Wind River believes that the JCP is essential to the proliferation of the Java platform and providing optimized implementations, and we are committed to its success to better serve the entire market space."

Zucotto Wireless Inc.

"Bringing new standardized extensions to J2ME is the key for successful deployment of Java enabled devices. Both the content provider community and device manufacturers are seeking a universal platform for delivering services to phones, PDAs, home electronics and automotive markets. JCP is poised to make Java technology a de facto standard for wireless devices" said Dariusz Otreba, CTO, Zucotto Wireless Inc.

The Java Community Process Program

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