LinuxWorld, Milan, Italy - May 25, 2005 - Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, the first system integrator in Italy and leader in the European Software Research announced today its membership in ObjectWeb, a consortium of over 50 companies and research organizations who have joined forces to produce next-generation open source middleware. Engineering is leader in Italy in system and business integration and outsourcing for central and local public administration, finance, healthcare, defence, utilities and industry, providing both proprietary and open source solutions. Since its inception in early 2002, ObjectWeb�s proposes a model that is unique in that it promotes the durable and sustainable development of an ecosystem centred on open-source middleware. Engineering joins the consortium with the goal of expanding this model to Italy and cooperating at the maximum level with the open-source world. Engineering�s strategy is to share the company�s open-source projects with the community, to consolidate open-source solutions at enterprise level, to establish worldwide partnerships and to focus its road-map on industrial initiatives. Engineering considers contributing two of its existing projects to the consortium�s code base: Spago and SpagoBI, an infrastructure solution for building Business Intelligence systems. �It is with great pleasure that we announce our membership in the ObjectWeb Consortium� said Orazio Viele, Research & Innovation Director, Engineering. �We look forward to helping ObjectWeb increase the adoption and acceptance of open-source middleware and develop solutions that enable enterprises to meet their mission critical business objectives. Enterprise solutions and professional services can make open-source software�s growth to an industrial level easier, which means technical certification, legal assurance and innovation.� �ObjectWeb is proud to be a multicultural community and, in this respect, is very excited to expand its presence in Italy with Engineering,� said Jean-Pierre Laisné, ObjectWeb Chairman and Linux & Open-Source Strategy Manager with Bull. �We expect Engineering�s involvement in industrial grade open source projects to stimulate innovation and to strengthen a business ecosystem at the international level.� About Engineering Ingegneria Informatica Founded in 1980 in Padoa, Engineering is the first player of the Information Technology in Italy. With more than 3,300 employees, 38 branches, including Dublin and Brussels, the Engineering Group invests about 7% of total net revenues in Research and Development, taking part in most major European projects on software engineering, playing a primary role within international research consortia. http://www.eng.it
About ObjectWeb Founded in 2002 by Bull, France Telecom and INRIA, ObjectWeb is a consortium of leading companies and research organizations from around the world who have joined forces to produce next generation of Open Source Middleware. ObjectWeb's goal is to provide Real-Time Enterprises with independent solutions which combine quality and robustness at the best possible performance/cost ratio. ObjectWeb targets alternative solutions to proprietary products for e-business, EAI, data connectivity, grid computing, and enterprise messaging. Based on Open Standards, ObjectWeb's middleware includes application servers, components, frameworks and tools. Examples of ObjectWeb's "cost killer" middleware are JOnAS - an Open Source implementation of the J2EE TM specification, JORAM JMS - a Message Oriented Middleware and Enhydra - a Java/XML Application Server. http://www.objectweb.org
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