New Members to Enrich ObjectWeb

French open-source software consortium ObjectWeb announces new members from France, as well as Italy, and a new agreement with a Chinese research center.

ObjectWeb, the French open-source software consortium, showed Monday why it is truly an international entity, announcing new members and agreements from members in countries in Europe and Asia.

Grenoble, France-based ObjectWeb announced new members from France, as well as Italy, and a new agreement with a Chinese research center.

Jean-Pierre Laisne, chairman of ObjectWeb and Linux and open-source strategy manager at French computer maker Groupe Bull, said the new members will help strengthen the ObjectWeb ecosystem, which builds around the ObjectWeb open-source middleware infrastructure—namely the JOnAS Java application server.

"We count on their unique expertise in specific business needs such as mobility, collaboration and distribution to enrich the ObjectWeb code base," Laisne said in a statement.

The new French members are Adneom Technologies, of Paris; EBM WebSourcing, of Ramonville St. Agne; e-Care, of Lyon; and EdifiXio, of Paris.

Adneom delivers J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition)-based application integration solutions to the banking, financial, public and telecommunications sectors. EBM also focuses on business integration and J2EE, and the company plans to contribute to the ObjectWeb ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) initiative, consortium officials said. e-Care specializes in mobile technologies for the enterprise, and EdifiXio specializes in e-business applications for large industries and retailers.

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Later this month, ObjectWeb plans to announce Padoa, Italy-based Engineering Igegneria Informatica as a member. ObjectWeb officials said the company is the first system integrator in Italy to become a member of the consortium.

Also later this month ObjectWeb plans to announce that the Guangzhou Middleware Research Center, in Guangzhou, China, and ObjectWeb have signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue the development of ObjectWeb in China and promote the adoption of open-source technology in the countrys government agencies, industries and academic institutions, ObjectWeb officials said.

ObjectWeb is a consortium founded in 2003 by Bull, France Telecom and INRIA, an acronym for what in English means The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control. Other notable members include Atos Origin, the French Ministry of Interior, MandrakeSoft, MySQL and Red Hat, ObjectWeb officials said.

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