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Nancy Lenehan
EclipseCon Communications Coordinator
Object Management Group
+1-781-444 0404 ext. 142
pr@eclipsecon.org 

Eclipse Announces EclipseCon 2004:
Premiere Conference on Open Tools Development and Integration

OMG to organize First Annual Eclipse Event

Needham, MA, USA - October 21, 2003 - Eclipse, the open community and consortium for universal tools integration, announces EclipseCon, a new technical conference that will take place February 2-5, 2004 in Anaheim, CA. Produced and managed by Eclipse consortium member the Object Management Group, EclipseCon brings together the Eclipse ecosystem: developers, software architects, technical managers, systems integrators, thought leaders, and other software development tools producers and consumers using or interested in learning about Eclipse technology.

EclipseCon ( www.eclipsecon.org ) will feature technical sessions that represent the entire Eclipse ecosystem including keynotes by Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat, Inc., Grady Booch of IBM Rational, Gregor Kiczales of the University of British Columbia, Erich Gamma of the Eclipse Java Development Tools project, and John Wiegand of the Eclipse Platform project. The sessions will include the opportunity to explore the technical and commercial breadth of the community and hear insights from the experts through talks, tutorials, exhibits, demos and posters.

Learn about the culture of open tools, why and how Eclipse technology evolved, the drive behind the rapid open platform development process, the application of Eclipse to a broad range of computing from servers to embedded systems and more. EclipseCon presents an opportunity to formally and informally meet key members of the ecosystem. The program is designed to enhance the interaction and dialog between attendees through a demo track, poster session, Birds-of-a-Feather meetings, and technology roundtables.

Organizations interested in exhibiting have the opportunity to showcase Eclipse-based offerings and engage in needs-oriented discussions with attendees. Attendees will come away with the increased knowledge and the skill they need to enhance their software development work experience and productivity with Eclipse technology and offerings.

A strong contingent of conference sponsors reflects broad community leadership and commitment to Eclipse. Gold Level sponsors include IBM Rational Software, Hewlett Packard and SAP. Silver Level sponsors include Catalyst Systems Corporation, ETRI, INNOOPRACT Informationssysteme GmbH, Intel Corporation, MKS, Inc., Scapa Technologies and SlickEdit Inc. 

"EclipseCon is the place where you can experience a new level of participation with the developers of Eclipse, open source project leaders and companies offering products that are powered by Eclipse technology," said Skip McGaughey, Chairperson of the Eclipse Board of Stewards. "As one of those leading developers who is working with Eclipse in commercial, academic or standards contexts, you will want to be here!"

Tremendous grassroots response to the power of the Eclipse platform drove the decision to launch EclipseCon. Since its inception in 2001, over 175 vendors and hundreds of open source projects have committed to Eclipse. The Eclipse website registers 10,000 Eclipse Platform download requests per day and has delivered over 90 terabytes of data since its inception. There are thousands of developers using or creating Eclipse based tools worldwide. EclipseCon has been formed to serve as the premier forum where the Eclipse community joins together.

"OMG recognizes the great potential value to end-users as a result of the synergy between open source and open standards efforts in the development community, thereby we welcome the opportunity to organize an event such as EclipseCon, the first of its kind," said Bill Hoffman, OMG President and COO.

"When IBM and Rational collaborated in the early days of Eclipse, it was clear that more deeply integrated tools were needed by our software development industry," said Michael Devlin, General Manager, Rational Software Division, IBM Corporation. "Now that so many people have responded to the open and royalty-free nature of Eclipse technology, it's time for the community to meet, exchange experiences, share advanced tool technology and help define the future of Eclipse."

"HP has found significant value in utilizing Eclipse, building tools that plug-in to Eclipse's open architecture, creating well-received developer environments for HP Software customers. We see EclipseCon as a great opportunity to continue the momentum Eclipse has made in the marketplace, and to learn and share with our industry colleagues who also support the technology," Mike Rank, HP GM and Eclipse.org Steward.

"Eclipse and its unique open platform extensibility offers SAP an unprecedented opportunity to advance Java application development productivity and provide our customers with superior solutions that lower total cost of ownership by providing highly-integrated tools for the full software development life-cycle," said Michael Bechauf, Vice President of Java Architecture and Standards at SAP and Eclipse Steward. "EclipseCon will be a great way to experience first hand how much Eclipse continues to drive innovation and collaboration between industry and open source community."

Registration and more conference details can be found at www.eclipsecon.org. Sponsorship packages are currently available at gold and silver levels. Details for participation are at the eclipsecon.org  website. Contact Nicole Glazen at +781-444-0404 for more information.

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About Eclipse
Eclipse has established an open source ecosystem of tools providers and consumers by creating technology and an open universal platform for tools integration. The open source Eclipse community creates royalty-free technology as a platform for tools integration. Eclipse based tools give developers freedom of choice in a multi-language, multi-platform, multi-vendor supported environment. Eclipse delivers a plug-in based framework that makes it easier to create, integrate and use software tools, saving time and money. By collaborating and sharing core integration technology, tool producers can concentrate on their areas of expertise and the creation of new development technology. The Eclipse Platform is written in the Java™ language, and comes with extensive plug-in construction toolkits and examples. It has already been deployed on a range of development workstations including HP-UX®, Solaris®, AIX®, Linux®, MAC OS X®, QNX® and Windows® based systems. Full details of the Eclipse community and white papers documenting the design of the Eclipse Platform are available at http://www.eclipse.org

About The OMG
With well-established standards covering software from design and development, through deployment and maintenance, and extending to evolution to future platforms, the Object Management Group (OMG) supports a full-lifecycle approach to enterprise integration which maximizes ROI, the key to successful IT. OMG's standards cover multiple operating systems, programming languages, middleware and networking infrastructures, and software development environments. OMG's Modeling standards, the basis for the MDA, include the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM). CORBA, the Common Object Request Broker Architecture, is OMG's standard open platform with hundreds of millions of deployments running today.
Headquartered in Needham, MA, USA, with a U.S. government representative in Washington, DC, and international marketing representatives in Japan, the UK, and Germany, the Object Management Group is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry specifications consortium. OMG member companies write, adopt, and maintain the organization's standards following a mature, open process. All current OMG specifications may be downloaded without charge from the organization's website, www.omg.org;  the site also provides additional information about OMG and its activities. For information on joining the OMG, or questions not addressed on the website, please contact OMG headquarters by email at info@omg.org,  by phone at +1-781-444 0404, or by fax at +1-781-444 0320.

Note to editors: The OMG Object Management Group Logo®, MDA®, Model Driven Architecture®, CORBA®, CORBA Academy®, The Information Brokerage®, XMI® and IIOP® are registered trademarks
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EclipseCon Sponsors

Gold Level

HP
HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. Currently the 5th largest software provider in the world, HP offers HP OpenView and HP OpenCall software suites and our
$4 billion annual R&D investment fuels the invention of products, solutions and new technologies so we can better serve customers and enter new markets. We invent, engineer and deliver technology solutions that drive business value, create social value and improve the lives of our customers. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.

IBM Rational Software
Rational software from IBM helps organizations create business value by improving their software development capability. The Rational software development platform integrates software engineering best practices, tools, and services. With it, organizations thrive in an on demand world by being more responsive, resilient, and focused. Rational's standards-based, cross-platform solution helps software development teams create and extend business applications, embedded systems and software products.

SAP
SAP is the world's leading provider of business software solutions. Through mySAP™ 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 20,000 companies in over 120 countries run more than 64,500 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 is at http://www.sap.com.

Silver Level

Catalyst Systems Corporation
Catalyst Systems Corporation, the leader in application build management technology, is a provider of software and consulting services designed to manage the risks associated with building software applications. Catalyst Systems is the creator of Openmake, a build management tool designed to automate the creation of reliable applications using a repeatable software build process that eliminates the need for manual scripting.

ETRI
Established in 1976, ETRI is a non-profit government-funded research organization that has been at the forefront of technological excellence for more than 25 years. Our research institute has successfully developed information technologies such as TDX-Exchange, High Density Semiconductor Microchips, Mini-Super Computer (TiCOM), and Digital Mobile Telecommunication System (CDMA). As a recognized leader in the information and telecommunication research institute in Korea, we will strive to be the best in the fields of information and telecommunications.

Learn more about ETRI at http://www.etri.re.kr/e_etri/intro/msg.html

INNOOPRACT Informationssysteme GmbH
INNOOPRACT offers tools and technology as well as consulting services to increase productivity and quality in Web development. The focus of INNOOPRACT's technology is visual development of Web-enabled user interfaces for integrated business processes in Internet or Intranet. With its Java Web component library (W4T) and its Eclipse-based visual development tool, INNOOPRACT allows any application developer to develop user-friendly and functional Web front-ends. W4T Eclipse is the only WSIWYG development tool for HTML-based Web development in Java. It enables the simple visual development of user-friendly Web GUIs through drag and drop. W4T is fully integrated with the Eclipse development environment.

INNOOPRACT is a member of the Eclipse Consortium. More information can be found at www.innoopract.com.

Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation is a supporting member of Eclipse and plans to integrate its development tools, such as Intel® Compilers and Intel® VTune™ Performance Analyzers, into the Eclipse development environment to help developers optimize applications for Intel® Pentium® 4, Intel® Xeon™, and Intel® Itanium® processor-based systems. Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

MKS Inc.
MKS (TSX:MKX) provides enterprise software configuration management (SCM) and MKS Toolkit products enabling Global 1000 companies to better manage and control the complete process of software development. Founded in 1984 with over 10,000 customers worldwide, MKS has built its brand on the combination of superior technology and extraordinary customer service.

Find MKS on the web at: www.mks.com

Scapa Technologies
Scapa Technologies develops specialist load and stress testing solutions which shorten implementation cycles, ensure effective delivery of projects, and monitor system performance post-implementation. Using Scapa StressTest's simple and effective test development and execution facilities it is possible to implement cost-effective load-testing programs which deliver real value. Scapa StressTest offers a refreshing alternative to established, expensive and difficult-to use load testing technology, and its industry position is reflected in Scapa Technologies' leading role in the Eclipse Hyades project www.eclipse.org/hyades, which is implementing an industry-wide test integration framework around open standards.

SlickEdit Inc.
SlickEdit® Inc. provides software developers with the most comprehensive and flexible code editors available. SlickEdit's fully-supported code editing products enable Eclipse developers to code faster and meet increasingly aggressive deadlines. SlickEdit's Eclipse products are proven across a wide range of programming languages and on Windows and Linux platforms. SlickEdit Plug-In for WebSphere Studio & Eclipse is IBM Ready For WebSphere Studio Software validated. Formed in 1988, SlickEdit is a privately held company located in the center of North Carolina's Research Triangle area. Additional information and free trial downloads are available at www.slickedit.com.

SlickEdit is a registered trademark of SlickEdit Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective organizations.