Friday, September 02, 2005

'Eclipse Effect' Will Drive Open Source Channel Business

Source: CRN


Plans for an Eclipse Application Lifecycle Framework (ALF) will open up new opportunities for open source developers and systems integrators, executives said at EclipseWorld.

At the New York conference this week, Eclipse Foundation Executive Director Mike Milinkovich said the evolution of the Eclipse Java IDE into a full-fledged application lifecycle management (ALM) platform will spur more commercial activity on the open source development environment over the next 12 months.

Led by leading Application Lifecycle Management ISV Serena Software and approved by the foundation on July 27, the Application Lifecycle Framework project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2006. Customers including Countrywide and UBS sit on the ALF board.

"In the future we see Eclipse becoming a complete development platform with full application development lifecycle capabilities. It's still early, but tool integration is only one of the areas that will grow in importance," said Milinkovich, noting that ALF will serve as the glue that will enable interoperability between various tools and create a network effect benefiting ISVs, vendors and channel partners.

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