The Java Community Process (JCP) is how the Java community creates and maintains Java Technology specifications. The JCP Program Management Office (PMO) has relied on all types of JCP members, from large corporations to JUGs, and individual developers. Historically, mature enterprises -- such as Oracle, Nokia, IBM, Motorola, and Siemens -- have formed the backbone of the community. Large corporations have the deep pockets of resources, time, and energy necessary to stabilize and propel standardization efforts. The PMO has also recruited worldwide representatives from organizations and individuals in developers, academic, and user spheres. Now, the PMO is reaching out to corporations, including startups, that are end users of Java technology.
Within the JCP community, all corporate members are treated the same, but members who represent large or mature enterprises are significantly different from smaller, newer startups. This distinction, discussed during the Executive Committee’s public face-to-face session held during JavaOne 2011, gave rise to an interest in looking for ways to welcome startups to the JCP table. The PMO and Executive Committee (EC) have taken steps to eliminate barriers to membership. Is your startup interested in joining the JCP? Visit the JCP membership page for more information, or contact the JCP Program Management Office (PMO).
To learn more about what membership is like, you can read stories of eight corporate members, large and small, all users of Java technology, who joined the JCP in "The JCP Program Targets Corporate Members of a Particular Kind." Members are honest about the challenges they faced and the benefits of belonging. With their networking relationships, technical savvy, and determination to smooth the way for the continuing Java evolution, all of these corporations -- Aplix, Azul, Goldman Sachs, aicas GmbH, Credit Suisse, ARM Limited, CloudBees, and Twitter -- are well positioned to help the JCP community continue to evolve. Perhaps you should join them.