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Long-Term Support for Eclipse - the next step in Enterprise Readiness

Karsten Schmidt, Jochen Krause (EclipseSource)

Other / New & Noteworthy · Short
Thursday, 15:00, 25 minutes | Seminarräume 5

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Adoption of Eclipse tools and runtimes has reached an all time high and today Eclipse software is embedded into many commercial software products. Enterprise software vendors, such as SAP, are obliged to support their products, including the Open Source pieces that are used, for many years. Thus they are looking for support offerings that cover a variety of Eclipse projects and a large number of releases. The issue becomes more urgent the more Eclipse technology reaches into the runtime stack.

Due to the diversity of projects and committers at Eclipse, which come from a variety of companies and individuals, it is currently impossible to get a "one throat to choke" for all of Eclipse. Vendor neutrality and diversity bring innovation and long term viability to Eclipse, but make it difficult to provide the support Enterprises are looking for. Even companies like EclipseSource, which offer support for a number of Eclipse projects as part of their business model, can not cover the entire spectrum. The Eclipse Board of Directors has developed and approved a concept for enabling broader support for Eclipse.

In the talk we will present this concept and lay out the requirements of potential support consumers like SAP and potential support providers like EclipseSource. We will describe how the Long-Term support infrastructure can become a key differentiator for Eclipse, and how it can open a new revenue streams for the Eclipse Foundation and its ecosystem.

Karsten has been with SAP since 1988. He has held various positions in Technology Development. He was involved in SAP\'s decision for an Eclipse-based IDE in the Java space back in 2001. His current focus is on the Open Source activities in SAP\'s Java Server and Infrastructure organization. Karsten has been involved in the Eclipse-SAP relationship for many years and has been a driving force behind the increased engagement of SAP that resulted, among others, in the switch to the \"Strategic Member\" status in early 2009.

Jochen Krause co-leads the Eclipse Rich Ajax Platform (RAP) and Eclipse Runtime projects, and is a member of the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors and Architecture Council. Jochen has had a leadership role in the Eclipse community since its inception in 2002, and today is focused on driving Eclipse to be an application platform for web and desktop. Jochen is a founder of EclipseSource and has been bringing Eclipse technology to enterprise customers, while guiding strategic technical contributions to Eclipse. EclipseSource staff are involved in many Eclipse projects such as Equinox, PDE, RAP, ECF, p2, Riena, Eclipse Packaging and g-Eclipse.

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