Have you seen the announcement that our CEO Rod Johnson has been elected to the JCP Executive Committee? If not you can read the press release here.

So, what is the relevance? I think a couple of points here:

In the land of Giants
SpringSource has been named to the JCP’s Executive Committee joining such industry giants as SAP, IBM, Ericsson, Nokia and Philips.  For years, SpringSource has been bringing change to the JCP from the outside.  Now, we have the opportunity to bring change from the inside out.

Thought leadership and validation
SpringSource has revolutionized enterprise Java and become a very influential thought leader in the market.  In fact, this one of the major reasons for me to join SpringSource beginning this year. The election to the JCP validates the important role SpringSource plays in enterprise Java and demonstrates that SpringSource is leading the evolution of enterprise standards. 

The importance of standards
The JCP sets the standards in enterprise Java and standards provide our customers with assurances against vendor lock-in. SpringSource’s proven innovation and demonstrated understanding of how to operate in a open development system will bring a fresh light to the Java Community Process and help make the standards process more transparent and accessible for end users.

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Yes! It is there… Today we announce the general availability of the SpringSource dm Server, the modular, OSGi-based Java server to run enterprise Java applications and Spring-powered applications with a new degree of flexibility and reliability. Read the full press release here.

Here are some quotes from beta-testers:

“With little effort we are able to separate a standard monolithic Spring/Tomcat-based Web application into several smaller OSGi bundles. This gives our customers better separation of concerns, more flexibility and shorter time-to-market. The dm Server is the key enabler.”
Arne Seime
Senior Consultant, Integrate AS 

“In my experience, it’s easy to migrate existing war files to the new server and then stepwise modularize them. There is no doubt in my mind that OSGi with some form of application extensions like you have made is the future of Java application servers. This is what we have missed for years. Making it even better is that OSGi is a proven technology and it’s very lightweight. From now on this is my first choice of application server.”
Søren Dalby Larsen
CTO, Conscius Finance A/S

“The SpringSource Application Platform takes away all hassles and allows me to focus on designing and implementing a truly modular application.” 

 “If you ask me, the SpringSource Application Platform is the future of Java EE.”
Jan-Hendrik Kuperus
Software EngineerSogeti Nederland B.V.

Full blog write-up here

“The dm Server is a new generation of Java EE application servers: it brings together traditional Java EE and OSGi worlds. It allows you to deploy legacy applications with minimal impact, which will allow you to gradually migrate existing Java EE applications to the dm Server.” 

“We are currently taking advantage of the dm Server’s features to implement a large knowledge management system. Using dm Server allowed us to simplify the code management and build process — we now let the dm Server handle the complex deployment structure. We expect the dm Server to gain strong momentum as developers become more familiar with the OSGi model. The dm Server has the potential to become the most significant OSGi application server. The tooling, monitoring and support from SpringSource will without doubt encourage adoption of the SpringSource Application Platform in mission-critical systems.”
Jan Machacek
Chief Architect, Cake Solutions 

“Nice Eclipse integration with server deployment and repository management. Looks like Java enterprise development is coming out of its Dark Age.”
John Thoms
North Island Software

Today we announced Rob Bearden as COO and President of SpringSource.

I am very excited about having Rob on board because I am convinced he can lead SpringSource to the next level. Rob already served as a COO at JBoss in the early days and I am very eager to learn from his wealth of experiences.

Read the full press release here.