World Book First to Buy Suns New Java Stack

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-09-17 Print this article Print

Sun iForce partner DewPoint Inc. sold the new Java Enterprise System to Chicago-based World Book.

SAN FRANCISCO—Sun Microsystems Inc. has sold its first Java Enterprise System to World Book Inc. through one of its partners. In an announcement from the SunNetwork Conference here, DewPoint Inc., a Detroit-based Sun iForce partner and supplier of application integration and access management solutions said it sold the first new Java Enterprise System, formerly known as Project Orion, to Chicago-based World Book. Priced at $100 per employee, the Java Enterprise System represents a fundamentally new software model for Sun where the company provides its entire software stack in a single offering, and includes network identity services, Web and application services, portal services, communication and collaboration services, availability services, security services and a new feature called Sun Software Express for Solaris.
Tim Hardy, chief technology officer at World Book, which sells reference materials for children and adults, said the ease of integration, as well as software implementation and management that the new Java Enterprise System affords World Book made it worth the investment
Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of Suns software group, said Sun would sell the Java Enterprise System through partners to organizations with less than 1,000 employees. Sun will sell direct to companies with more than 1,000 employees, he said. Or in some cases, where Sun integrator partners have existing relationships with large customers, they will be able to sell the new Sun software into those accounts.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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