Eclipse Community Project Spotlight

Bjorn Freeman-Benson (Eclipse Foundation), Doug Gaff (Wind River Systems), Richard Gronback (Borland Software Corporation), Mike Milinkovich (Eclipse Foundation), Oisín Hurley (IONA Technologies), John Graham (Sybase), Tim deBoer (IBM), Paul Clenahan (Actuate), Oliver E Cole (OC Systems)

Directors Choice · Long Talk

Thursday, 15:30, 50 minutes | Theatre | Download in iCal Format


Bjorn Freeman-Benson

Doug Gaff

John Graham

Tim deBoer

Paul Clenahan

Wondering what is next for the Eclipse projects? This is your opportunity to query and listen to the project leaders in the Eclipse community. Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, will moderate a panel of Eclipse PMC leaders focused on the future of the Eclipse open source projects.

In his open source life, Doug Gaff is the PMC Lead for the Device Software Development Platform (DSDP) - an Eclipse project focused on building an extensible, standards-based platform to address a broad range of needs in the embedded and mobile software development space. Doug is also the Technical Program Chair for EclipseCon 08. In his commercial life, Doug is a Senior Engineering Manager on Wind River's commercial Eclipse-based product, Wind River Workbench. He is responsible for Eclipse open source contributions and adoption of Eclipse technology commercially. Doug has 13 years of embedded software development experience and holds a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering.

Mike Milinkovich is the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. In the past, he has held key management positions with Oracle, WebGain, The Object People, and Object Technology International Inc. (which subsequently became a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBM), assuming responsibility for development, product management, marketing, strategic planning, finance and business development.

John has been developing enterprise software for twelve years, and has been with Sybase for the past seven. His academic background includes a Masters degree from the University of Hawai’i concentrating on computational properties of formal and natural languages, and post-graduate training in business. He has worked on enterprise application integration technologies, web services tooling, distributed systems, machine learning, and service-oriented platforms. A developer on Eclipse since version 1, John served on the Eclipse Consortium Executive Committee.

Tim deBoer is a member of the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) PMC and component lead for WTP Server Tools. Tim also works at the IBM Toronto Lab on development tools for WebSphere Application Server, and is the architect for IBM Rational Application Developer.

Paul Clenahan is a member of the Eclipse BIRT Project PMC (Project Management Committee), the coordination and strategic planning group that leads the BIRT project. BIRT ( is one of the most popular open source Business Intelligence projects, with a rapidly growing community of users leveraging BIRT reporting in a wide variety of applications. Paul has over 19 years experience in the enterprise business intelligence industry working in a variety of Product Management and consulting roles with diverse customer applications. In addition to his BIRT project role, Paul is currently responsible for coordinating overall product direction and vision for Actuate Corporation based on emerging technology trends, market demands, customer feedback and internal innovation. Paul is also a member of the Eclipse Foundation Requirements Council. Paul holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Edinburgh University, Scotland.

Oliver E Cole founded OC Systems in 1983. OC Systems specializes in software instrumentation products and services. In his role as president, Mr Cole has watched the software industry evolve and OCS evolve with it. He is the PMC Lead for the tptp project. Mr Cole has an Engineering Degree from the University of Toronto, awarded May 1980.

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