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Introducing the Jakarta EE Specification Process

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I am very happy to announce that we are publishing a draft of the Eclipse Foundation Specification Process for community review and feedback. This specification process will be used by Jakarta EE as the new open specification process, replacing the JCP process previously used for Java EE. It is also expected that this new process will be of interest to other Eclipse working groups.

We are really looking forward to your feedback, which you can do via the Jakarta EE Community mailing list (preferred), or on the document comments.  The feedback provided will be used as input to finalizing a first version of the specification process and its adoption by Jakarta EE and other working groups at the Eclipse Foundation.  

As you are reviewing this draft specification process, please keep in mind the following key points about the approach that was taken by the Specification Committee.

  1. We want to design a specification process to replace the JCP. While there are many differences with the JCP, the key objective was to make the whole process as lightweight as possible.
  2. We want the specification process to be as close to open source development as possible. This is actually not a trivial exercise, as by its very nature drafting specifications is a somewhat different process.
  3. This is the Eclipse Spec Process, so we want to reuse the Eclipse Development Process wherever possible, and we want to ensure that the general flow and tone of the EDP is followed.
  4. We want to create a process that allows code-first development. Specifically, we want to enable a culture where experimentation can happen in open source and then have specifications be based on those experiences.
  5. We want the specifications that result from this process to be as high quality as possible. In particular, this means that we need to take care of the intellectual property flows, and to protect the community’s work from bad actors. This requirement manifests as two fundamentally important differences from the EDP:
    • Specification Committee approval is required for releases from Spec Projects, in addition to the normal PMC approval; and
    • We introduce the notion of “Participants” who are committers who represent specific member companies on a Spec Project. This is necessary to ensure that the IP contributions (particularly patents) from companies are properly captured by the process.

All of us at the Eclipse Foundation would like to recognize the tireless efforts of the members of the Specification Committee. A lot of hard work has gone into this document, and it’s very much appreciated. We are certain that Jakarta EE, and many other Eclipse technologies, benefit from the thoughtful efforts of this Committee.  In particular, we would like to thank the following Specification Committee members and alternates:

Fujitsu: Kenji Kazumura​, Mikel DeNicola
IBM: Dan Bandera​, Kevin Sutter
Oracle: Bill Shannon​, Ed Bratt​, Dmitry Kornilov
Payara: Steve Millidge​, Arjan Tijms
Red Hat: Scott Stark, Mark Little
Tomitribe: David Blevins​, Richard Monson-Haefel
PMC Representative: Ivar Grimstad
Elected Members: Alex Theedom, Werner Keil​

I also wish to recognize Tanja Obradovic and Wayne Beaton from the Eclipse Foundation team who have driven the process throughout – many thanks to you both!

Written by Mike Milinkovich

October 16, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Posted in Foundation, Jakarta EE, Open Source

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Case Study: How Bosch Is Succeeding with Open Source at Eclipse IoT

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How is it that a 150-year-old, 400,000 employee industrial conglomerate is competing and winning in the rapidly involving IoT software industry? We’ve just published a case study in which Bosch shares how open collaboration at the Eclipse Foundation factors into that success. This case study is required reading for any organization considering pursuing an open source strategy.

This case study is yet another proof point that open source has won. No single company can deliver innovation at the pace and scale of open source. For industrial companies in particular, broadly adopted open technologies and standards are critical for success in the digital economy. It’s a case of disrupt or be disrupted — and open source holds the key for rapid and sustainable innovation in the digital age. The team at Bosch recognized all of this several years ago. When the time came for creating an IoT platform for themselves and their customers, Bosch chose open source to compete with proprietary vendors.

At the Eclipse Foundation, Bosch is successfully executing a long-term strategy to create a widely adopted open source platform for IoT. Having previously been a long-term Solutions member of the Eclipse Foundation, Bosch increased its membership level in the Eclipse Foundation to become a Strategic member and joined the Eclipse IoT Working Group in 2015. Beyond IoT, Bosch is an active participant in the Eclipse Foundation’s Automotive Industry community.

Some of the highlights from the case study (html) (pdf):

  • Bosch’s leadership in the Eclipse IoT community has helped position the company as a leader in the IoT industry.
  • Bosch has created six different IoT open source projects since joining the Eclipse IoT community. In addition, Bosch contributes to many other Eclipse IoT projects.
  • Bosch has contributed around 1.5 million lines of code to Eclipse projects. At present, over 60 Bosch developers work on Eclipse IoT projects.
  • Many of the Bosch IoT Suite commercial products are now based on Eclipse IoT projects. The open development process used by the Eclipse projects has been adopted by Bosch Software Innovations’ product development teams. The open source development model helps Bosch provide more transparency for their customers, and aids in recruiting new developers keen to work on open source.
  • The Eclipse Foundation’s clear, vendor-neutral rules for intellectual property sharing and decision-making make it easy to collaborate with other organizations on driving rapid innovation. The Foundation’s legal processes provide Bosch with the legal assurance that they can successfully embed open source technology into their commercial products.

We are thrilled that Bosch is seeing the benefits of their open source strategy and participation in the Eclipse community. Thanks to the contributions of Bosch engineers and many other developers within the Eclipse community, all can benefit from runtimes and frameworks creating a open, vendor-neutral platform for IoT.

To learn more about the Eclipse IoT community, head over to the Eclipse IoT Working Group website.

Written by Mike Milinkovich

October 2, 2018 at 8:04 am

Posted in Foundation