Open Source Web Site for JSR 168 and WSRP Portlets
Plumtree Software, Documentum, BEA Systems and Sun Microsystems Join Forces to Create Open-Source Site for JSR 168 and WSRP Portlets
Independent Enterprise Software Vendors Align to Support Standards
Industry Analysts and Standards Bodies Applaud Effort
San Francisco, Pleasanton, San Jose, and Santa Clara, California, USA. November 10, 2003.
Enterprise software vendors Plumtree Software, Documentum, BEA Systems Inc., and Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the industry's first open-source site for organizations to share portlets developed according to the new JCP JSR 168 and WSRP OASIS standards. Available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/portlet-opensrc/, the site is hosted by SourceForge, an independent organization that hosts a variety of Java technology and Linux open-source initiatives. Plumtree, Documentum, BEA and Sun will provide an initial library of standards-based portlets, and will provide ongoing feedback, suggestions and best practices for successful JSR 168 and WSRP portlet development. The site is open to all organizations, including customers and partners of competing portal software providers such as IBM, Vignette and SAP. Both the JCP and OASIS, the standard bodies that developed JSR 168 and WSRP respectively, today expressed support for the open-source site, known as the Portlet Open-Source Trading site, or POST. The site will help companies learn from their industry peers and share best practices for developing standards-based portlets.
"Plumtree conceived of this site as part of its Radical Openness strategy, which is our long-term commitment to ensure that every major component of our solution is interoperable with customers' existing technologies, even technologies that compete with our own," said Glenn Kelman, vice president of product marketing and management for Plumtree. "Today, Plumtree, BEA, Documentum and Sun are working together to support the freedom to build application components on any application server and assemble them into applications within any portal. The POST site provides a forum for portlet development that is unprecedented in the industry."
"Documentum was one of the first vendors to support an open environment in which portals, collaboration, content management and search could work together to support every Web application in the enterprise," said Whitney Tidmarsh, vice president and general manager of Web Content and Document Management for Documentum. "Now as standards have emerged to allow components of those technologies to become interoperable, Documentum is working with Plumtree, BEA and Sun to ensure that customers have a forum for sharing these components, regardless of the platform for which they were originally developed."
"The SourceForge initiative represents a tremendous opportunity for developers to work with leading vendors to create an extensive, open ecosystem of 'pluggable' portlets," said Byron Sebastian, vice president and general manager for WebLogic Workshop and WebLogic Portal at BEA Systems. "Open-source portlets can also help customers kick-start their portal deployments, bringing faster time to value to all users of portal technologies. BEA's support for this initiative demonstrates our continued focus on making it easier for partners and developers to extend and expand the value of the standards-based WebLogic platform."
"As co-leader of the JSR 168 specification, Sun continues to promote the growth of open-source portal standards through its efforts on java.net and its support for POST," said Mike Bellissimo, senior director, Software Developer Marketing and Management for Sun Microsystems. "Open-source collaboration is a significant step towards establishing widespread adoption of portlets based on JSR 168."
"Gartner has long envisioned the portal, plus its surrounding ecosystem, as an environment in which components for building applications can be created by different parties and, through standards, re-assembled into new user experiences," said Gartner Research Director, Ray Valdes. "The emergence of portlet standards combined with a means for sharing standards-based portlets will potentially provide great benefit to portal customers by increasing choice and reducing cost."
Separate areas within POST exist for sharing JSR 168 and WSRP components. As with any open-source site on SourceForge.net, any registered organization can contribute portlets to POST, which become available to all other members of the open-source community. Thus, organizations that submit portlets to the site benefit from enhancements to their portlets developed by other POST members. Using POST, participants can:
- see lists of newly available portlets
- post requests to the community for the development of new portlets
- search for portlets
- upload new portlets
- download available portlets
- submit modified or enhanced versions of downloaded portlets
- discuss portlet development best practices, issues and solutions
"The OASIS WSRP Technical Committee worked from the outset to ensure our Web services interface would provide efficient access to portlets developed using the emerging JSR 168 standard, as well as other platforms, such as .NET. With open-source efforts for hosting portlets underway (Apache Foundation pluto and wsrp4j projects), clearly the next step is sites focused on developing portlets," said Rich Thompson of IBM, chair of the OASIS WSRP Technical Committee. "POST is such a site. Its launching so soon after WSRP was approved as an OASIS standard is another clear indication of the marketplace's readiness to adopt WSRP." The official work of the OASIS WSRP TC can be reviewed at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/wsrp.
"JCP is delighted to see the success its standards initiatives are having in the industry," said Onno Kluyt, director, JCP, Project Management Office. "This Web site underscores the importance developers attach to compatible implementations of JSRs and is an opportunity to share the results of the community work with an ever growing constituency of developers."
To register as a member of POST, developers can visit http://sourceforge.net/projects/portlet-opensrc/. Companies interested in joining the coalition of companies supporting the site can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Plumtree Software
Plumtree Software is the Enterprise Web leader. Plumtree's mission is to create a comprehensive Web environment for employees, customers and partners across the enterprise to interact with a wide range of Web applications. Plumtree's Enterprise Web solution consists of integration products for bringing resources from traditional systems together on the Web, shared services such as collaboration, content management and search for building new Web applications, and an application management framework for delivering these Web applications to broad audiences. Plumtree's independence and its Web Services Architecture allow this solution to span rival application servers, helping maximize customers' return on their existing technology investments. With offices in more than a dozen countries, Plumtree has licensed over 550 customers, including Boeing, Ford Motor Company, Procter & Gamble and the U.S. Navy. For more information, visit Plumtree on the Web at http://www.plumtree.com.
Documentum provides enterprise content management (ECM) solutions that enable organizations to unite teams, content and associated business processes. Documentum's integrated set of content, compliance and collaboration solutions support the way people work, from initial discussion and planning through design, production, marketing, sales, service and corporate administration. With a single platform, Documentum enables people to collaboratively create, manage, deliver and archive the content that drives business operations, from documents and discussions to e-mail, Web pages, records and rich media. The Documentum platform makes it possible for companies to distribute all of this content in multiple languages, across internal and external systems, applications and user communities. As a result, Documentum's customers, which include thousands of the world's most successful organizations, harness corporate knowledge, accelerate time to market, increase customer satisfaction, enhance supply chain efficiencies and reduce operating costs, improving their overall competitive advantage. For more information, visit Documentum on the Web at http://www.documentum.com.
BEA Systems, Inc. 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, Tuxedo, and its WebLogic(R) brand 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 http://www.bea.com.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. 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 http://www.sun.com.
About the Java Community Process
Since its introduction in 1998 as the open, inclusive process to develop and revise Java technology specifications, reference implementations, and technology compatibility kits, the Java Community Process program has fostered the evolution of the Java platform in cooperation with the international Java developer community. The JCP has over 650 company and individual participants; more than 190 Java technology specifications are in development in the JCP program out of which 46% are in final stages. For more information on the JCP program, please visit http://jcp.org.
Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See details and references in the news story: "Portlet Open Source Trading (POST) Site for JSR 168 and WSRP Portlets." General references: "Web Services for Remote Portals (WSRP)"