SAP Joins Eclipse Consortium
SAP AG is the latest of 13 new members to have recently joined the IBM-sponsored organization.IBM Corp. Monday announced that SAP AG has joined the board of stewards for the IBM-sponsored Eclipse Consortium, which oversees the Eclipse open-source application development framework. Momentum in the industry for Eclipse continues to grow, with SAP joining the ranks of Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp., the Object Management Group, and Parasoft Corp., among others having recently joined the consortium. As one of the premier open-source application development platforms for Java, Eclipse is riding high in popularity, analysts and observers said. SAP officials said the company joined Eclipse to supplement its application development environment. SAP, not being a tools environment, needed an open application development focus for developers, which Eclipse provides, analysts said. SAP maintains a stable of both Java-based, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and Microsoft .Net-based applications.
Analysts said SAPs move is strategic for the company because it enhances the development options for the SAP applications ecosystem. The benefits to joining the Eclipse board include: "Standing on the shoulders of those who came before, a consistent developer experience; lowering the risk for the IT manager funding the tooling; and having a platform for tools innovationall new ideas now have a launch pad, the Eclipse tool bench," said Ted Schadler, an analyst with Forrester Research Inc., of Cambridge, Mass.