Software Vendors Create Java Tools Community to Promote Toolability

1/8/2004 - Leading software vendors announced the creation of the Java Tools Community (JTC), an initiative formed by members of the Java Community Process (JCP) to promote "tool friendly" Java technology standards. The JTC will promote the creation, adoption and advancement of Java Specification Requests (JSRs) for "toolability" and interoperability in the design-time area. Toolability is a measurement of how easy it is to build tools around a particular standard or technology. As a result, developers will be able to more easily use Java technology to build Java applications, increasing its rate of adoption.

Founding software vendors of the JTC include BEA Systems, Compuware, Embarcadero Technologies, Iopsis Software, JetBrains, Oracle Corp., Quest Software, SAP AG, SAS and Sun Microsystems. Founding customers include US Sprint & Verizon. The JTC will work toward making standard Java technology APIs friendlier for tool development. Currently, tool vendors cannot easily take advantage of standard APIs when building functionality into their tools and often create proprietary techniques to achieve the benefits that standards were originally created to address.

"The JTC is something that the Java community really needs," said Mark Driver, research vice president, Gartner Group. "A forum where customers and vendors can work together to advance Java tools standards will help produce a much higher-quality set of development environments while further unifying the Java tools community."

Supported by the JCP, the JTC will provide an online community for tool vendors, customers and developers to collaborate together in three major areas. First, the JTC will strive to maximize the toolability of current and newly proposed JSRs. Second, the JTC will be dedicated to the interoperability of Java development tools and extensions through the advancement and proposal of design-time standards. Third, the JTC will strive for communication across the entire design-time community, allowing tool vendors, customers and developers to access information and provide input when creating or extending design-time Java standards via the JCP.

"The Java Tools Community initiative adds great value to the JCP. It encourages and synchronizes greater involvement of Java tools vendors in creating Java technology standards," said Onno Kluyt, Director, Java Community Process, Program Management Office. "The initiative facilitates the combining of the expertise of the JCP members, such as the tool vendors, with the field experience of users resulting in even higher quality Java technology development tools and standards." The JTC is actively seeking the participation of Java tools and extension vendors who are members of the JCP, as well as Java tool users and customer organizations outside of the JCP to ensure that the JTC aligns with the needs of users and customer organizations. "Eclipse supports any industry activities that support tool integration and interoperability," said Skip McGaughey, Eclipse Chairperson. "And I see the JTC as a strong industry initiative to achieve those objectives." There are three forms planned for participation in the JTC: core members who will form a steering committee; general members who will chiefly be Java software vendors; and community participants who contribute "advisory" customer input.

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About BEA Systems
BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is the world's leading application infrastructure software company, providing the enterprise software foundation for more than 15,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic(r) and Tuxedo(r) brands are among the most trusted names in business. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 77 offices in 31 countries and is on the Web at

About Compuware
Compuware Corporation (Nasdaq: CPWR), a leading provider of software and technology services, delivers industrial-strength solutions for the enterprise-computing environment that dramatically improve productivity, quality and performance across the application life cycle. For more information about Compuware, please visit:

About Embarcadero Technologies
Embarcadero Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: EMBT) is a leading provider of data lifecycle management solutions that helps leading companies build, optimize, manage, and test the critical data that drives their business. Over 10,000 customers, including 96 of the Fortune 100, rely on Embarcadero Technologies products to manage the explosion in data and ensure optimal performance of their complex, multi-platform applications and systems. Embarcadero Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. For more information, call 415/834-3131 or visit

About Iopsis Software
Iopsis Software is a leading Open Standards based Software Solutions provider. Iopsis provides a suite of technologies that seamlessly enables the integration of disparate business systems, provides support for modeling and running business choreographies in a collaborative environment and the dynamic delivery of functionality anytime, anywhere and to any device. For more information about Iopsis, visit our Web site at

About JetBrains
JetBrains, Inc. is a technology-leading software development firm specializing in the creation of intelligent development tools for the Java platform. For more information about JetBrains visit

About Oracle
Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) is the world’s largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, visit our Web site at

About Quest Software
Quest Software, Inc., a leader in application management, provides software for Application Confidence to 18,000 customers worldwide, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500. Quest products for database management, application performance management and Microsoft infrastructure management help customers develop, deploy, manage and maintain enterprise applications without expensive downtime or business interruption. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Quest Software can be found in offices around the globe and at

About SAP
SAP is the world's leading provider of business software solutions. Through mySAP[tm] Business Suite, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. The unique core processes of various industries, from Aerospace to Utilities, are supported effectively by SAP's 23 industry solution portfolios. Today, more than 20,500 customers in over 120 countries run more than 67,500 installations of SAP® software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at

About SAS
SAS is the market leader in providing a new generation of business intelligence software and services that create true enterprise intelligence. SAS solutions are used at more than 40,000 sites - including 90 percent of the Fortune 500 - to develop more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; to enable better, more accurate and informed decisions; and to drive organizations forward. SAS is the only vendor that completely integrates leading data warehousing, analytics and traditional BI applications to create intelligence from massive amounts of data. For more than 25 years, SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know(r). Visit us at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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