John Wiegand is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Rational's Beaverton lab and Rational Chief Architect. John is responsible for defining the architectural and implementation aspects of Jazz as a platform for use in products across the software lifecycle. Prior to John's current assignment, he was the technical lead for the Jazz project. John was the principal architect for the Eclipse Platform infrastructure and played a central role in the development of VA/Java, VA/Micro Edition, and Eclipse. John is a former member of the Eclipse Foundation Board, and played a key leadership role in establishing Eclipse as a successful open source project. John strives to enable teams to deliver high quality products on-time - pioneering, with Erich Gamma and others, an approach to software development called "The Eclipse Way". His interests are in the areas of performance, scalability, compilers, and just about anything that's hard.