BroadVision, Sun Set Sights on Java Solutions

SAN MATEO (04/04/2000) - BroadVision Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. expanded their existing five-year partnership on Monday, teaming up to develop a set of e-commerce applications based on J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) technology.

Combining design, engineering, and technical resources as well as marketing forces, the two companies will work to incorporate J2EE functionality into BroadVision applications.

In adding support for J2EE, BroadVision plans to "augment e-commerce infrastructure by ... enhancing the J2EE platform to provide wireless support to many of the capabilities BroadVision is developing," said Simon King, vice president of products at BroadVision. "This really continues our commitment to open standards, with Java and XML support, along with the JavaScript, WAP [Wireless Application Protocol], LDAP, and C++ support we've had for a while."

BroadVision also unveiled One-To-One Enterprise 5.0, the next iteration of BroadVision's relationship management system for personalized e-business, which now includes Java and XML support. According to Karen Allman, senior product manager at BroadVision, One-To-One Enterprise 5.0 started shipping last week.

"In this release, we have brought to the BroadVision environment support for Java and Java components," Allman said. "Our customers who wish to leverage their Java programming skills can now do that in the BroadVision environment, getting to market faster, delivering products, and configuring and customizing their system quicker."

BroadVision applications and technical resources will also make an appearance in Sun's dot-com competency centers, where companies can map out their online strategies before committing to a certain scenario, but the One-To-One solutions will remain the focus of the Sun-BroadVision joint efforts.

"[Additions to One-To-One] will include Java and Java-related technologies, the JVM [Java Virtual Machine], as well as moving toward J2EE compliance for the applications," said Reed Hornberger, senior director of e-commerce market development at Sun. "We also see a lot of opportunities in the future with wireless, and the goal of our relationship is to take the rich feature set BroadVision has developed with their current application suite and deliver that beyond the desktop onto wireless devices."

Sun Microsystems Inc., in Palo Alto, California, is at www.sun.com. BroadVision Inc., in Redwood City, California, is at www.broadvision.com.

Stephanie Sanborn is an InfoWorld reporter.

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