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Getting Involved With the Java Community Process

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Joined: 2003-06-10

Greetings all,

I am seeking feedback regarding businesses being involved in the JCP. I'm an IT Project Manager for a division of a very large corporation that has never participated in the JCP. However for the last 5-6 years Java has become our main tech-stack for developing web applications, web services, etc. Our R&D division even makes use of Java in a wide variety of web, desktop, and embedded software applications.

Over the last few months I've been toying with the idea of trying to get our higher IT management interested in possibly participating with the JCP. Other than some of the obvious costs such as the membership fee and the time of staff dedicated to working on JSR's, etc. I haven't seen many negatives to involvement. Of course the positives that I have thought of include helping contribute back to the technical community, demonstrating technical excellence to the technical and academic community (a recent corporate interest announced by management lately), educate IT staff internally to emerging technology, as well as help shape the evolution of Java in ways that might align with our technical business needs.

Questions for folks who have or considered participation with the JCP :
- What arguments did you use to convince your business?
- What negatives did you experience?
- What positives did you experience?
- What kind of resource/staff/time commitment did your organization commit to the JCP efforts?

If anyone has this kind of info I would very much love to hear from you. Also if you would like to take the discussion off this forum I would be glad to accept emails to my email address attached to the post and keep any responses private if so desired.