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Fast Growing OpenAjax Adds 13 New Members


Members to Drive Collaborative Innovation for Ajax

ARMONK, NY - 09 May 2006: OpenAjax, an open industry collaboration dedicated to developing and expanding Ajax, today announced 13 new members -- expanding its participation to 28 companies. The OpenAjax members intend to promote Ajax’s promise of universal compatibility with any computer device, application, desktop or operating system, and easy incorporation into new and existing software programs as well as foster Ajax’s growth.
Created February 2006, OpenAjax is a collaboration among leading technology and software businesses to expand Ajax adoption and evolve tools and runtimes that will significantly reduce the development costs and skills required to incorporate Ajax Technology into Web Applications. Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) is a fast-growing technology that businesses are incorporating into their external and internal Web sites to simplify the browsing experience, and make it easier for users to shop, work, plan, correspond and navigate online. As a leading open software technology, Ajax makes it unnecessary to manually refresh a browser to send or receive information over the Web. Therefore, it can reduce the steps needed to complete a transaction over the Web or create a competitive edge for enterprise companies and Web designers. Additionally, Ajax enables Web Clients to bind to back-end servers using XML as well as the Ajax clients can call Web based Services creating mashups.

New OpenAjax members announced today include, Adobe, Backbase, Fair Isaac, ICEsoft, Innoopract, Intel, JackBe, Opera, SAP, Scalix, Software AG, Tibco and XML11. These new members join the initial members, including BEA, Borland, the Dojo Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Google, IBM, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla Corporation, Novell, Openwave Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo!, Zend and Zimbra.

The OpenAjax community plans to promote a vision of a common Ajax platform within the industry. The OpenAjax members plan to meet in mid-May 2006 at a Summit to discuss the present usage of Ajax, its growth into new markets and then create a business and technical roadmap by which the OpenAjax companies can work toward more universal Ajax support across the desktop and mobile devices.

New Member Quotes:


“Ajax has re-ignited the imagination and potential of applications on the web. It’s critical that we come together as an industry and define tools and frameworks that integrate seamlessly with each other, and how developers work,” said Todd Hay, director of platform marketing, Adobe. “Adobe is firmly committed to supporting developers in delivering these rich Internet applications, and has already released a number of open technologies for integrating Flash, Flex and Ajax. As part of OpenAjax, Adobe furthers its commitment to Ajax, making it easier to use for building rich Internet applications.”


“As the leading provider of Ajax-based Rich Internet Applications software and solutions, Backbase’s strategy for developer tooling has always been to utilize open standards and extend developers’ preferred IDEs,” says Mark Schiefelbein, VP of Product Development for Backbase. “We are pleased to be working together with other industry leaders in supporting the OpenAjax initiative, providing developers with a standardized tools palette that will help advance and speed the adoption of Ajax.”

Fair Isaac

“Fair Isaac Corporation sees the adoption AJAX technologies by the Blaze Advisor™ business rules management system as a way to build smart, interactive applications. The Blaze Advisor system can be used across a variety of customer-facing applications where accuracy of data input is critical and where data collection and validation rules are numerous, highly changeable or complex. SmartForms for Blaze Advisor validates entry in required input fields, taps the processing power of AJAX to speed response, and ensures data integrity and compliance.” James Taylor, marketing vice president, Enterprise Decision Management Technologies


“ICEsoft views standards as critical for our customers success as well as a foundation for innovation,” said Chris Erickson, CEO of ICEsoft Technologies, Inc. “We look forward to actively participating in Open Ajax to create standards and to extend ICEfaces, our enterprise Ajax solution for Java EE, to meet our customers rapidly evolving needs.”


“Ajax is a great concept to increase the interactivity of Web applications. But to foster a wide spread adoption we still need an efficient and reliable programming model for Ajax,” says Jochen Krause CEO of Innoopract. “Our proposal for the Rich Ajax Platform (RAP) adopts the well-known Eclipse programming model used for Rich Client Applications and couples it with a rapid development model based on Java components.”


“As an Ajax pioneer, JackBe is thrilled to bring its deep Ajax and SOA expertise to the Open Ajax movement,” said Luis Derechin, chief executive officer of JackBe. “Open Ajax enables enterprises to move beyond lower-level toolkit decisions into the larger business value of Ajax. JackBe combines Ajax with SOA technologies and services to improve the usability, productivity and functionality of Web applications, and we look forward to collaborating with other Open Ajax members to ensure that Ajax fulfills its promise -- helping enterprises worldwide to advance the online experience.”


“The Opera browser enables AJAX to reach beyond the desktop to mobile phones, game consoles, set-top boxes, portable media players and other devices,” said Scott Hedrick, EVP Devices, Opera Software ASA. “With Opera 9, we have introduced AJAX-based widgets and we are seeing an explosion of interest in the use of AJAX to create widgets and dynamic user interfaces for mobile phones and other devices. OpenAjax is an important initiative to encourage standardization and a vibrant AJAX developer community.”


“AJAX technologies show a lot of promise for SAP users, and have generated strong interest from the SAP development community at,” said Ike Nassi, Sr. VP SAP Research, Americas. “We look forward to efforts like OpenAJAX providing a consistent and productive AJAX environment that SAP customers and partners need to obtain maximum value from these new technologies.”


“Scalix Web Access is a pioneering Ajax application for web-mail, providing full Outlook functionality in a high-performance web client. As such applications mature, it’s increasingly important that vendors coordinate their library development and interoperability, and provide smooth integration with leading development tools. Scalix is eager to contribute and coordinate with our partners in the OpenAjax collaboration.”

Software AG

“Ajax shows tremendous promise for the enterprise because of its role in enabling business technology users to become more productive by interacting with a Web browser in new ways,” said Dr. Peter Kürpick, Member of the Board, Software AG. “Our participation in the Open Ajax initiative is a clear statement to the developer community that Ajax has become a relevant and open technology for business solutions. We expect to see its adoption rise dramatically over the coming months.”


“We look forward to helping the OpenAJAX community accelerate interoperability by making AJAX libraries and tools more compatible,” said Kevin Hakman, director, Product Marketing for TIBCO General Interface. “For five years we’ve matured our AJAX rich Internet application framework in enterprise customer deployments. Our expertise gained from providing the award-winning visual tools found in TIBCO General Interface Builder should prove valuable for the broad developer community. This is especially true as visual WYSIWYG AJAX tools become the logical next step for the Eclipse AJAX Toolkit Framework (ATF).”


“As a university member of the OpenAJAX initiative we focus on innovative new ideas and technologies to contribute to the AJAX movement. With our code migration framework called XML11 we pursue the ’Write Java Once, Run AJAX Everywhere’ paradigm that shields developers from the intrinsic difficulties of writing AJAX applications.” Arno Puder, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University


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