Mountain View, CA--September 24, 1996--Sun Microsystems Inc. (Mountain View, CA) and The Baan Co. (Menlo Park, CA) announced a broad agreement aimed at enhancing the Java Enterprise APIs for the development of distributed, networked enterprise applications.
The new agreement--which includes licensing of Baan technology by Sun, as well as on-going joint development--will accelerate the delivery of large scale Internet application functionality written entirely using Java technology. Additionally, Baan has extended the Sun relationship to the new level of "Strategic Partner," making Sun a primary development platform for Baan releases. Sun and Baan also announced record setting benchmark performance for Baan applications on a single server and the establishment of joint competency centers.
Sun's JavaSoft business unit and Baan will jointly develop extensions to the Java Enterprise APIs, which are designed to speed development of Java-based applications. JavaSoft and Baan will develop an object-relational mapping for Java technology, which will provide access to existing stored data in relational databases through Java objects in a transparent manner.
This will enable enterprise application functionality to be modular and network-centric, while still leveraging the vast amounts of data stored today in existing databases. JavaSoft plans to incorporate the object-relational mapping enhancements into future releases of Java products, making them available to all Java developers.
As part of the expanded relationship, Sun and Baan have committed to jointly open a series of competency centers worldwide. The centers will offer expertise to help customers build and install enterprise solutions that run Baan applications on the Sun platform.
Sun and Baan will initially open and jointly staff two competency centers in Europe and the United States, followed by additional centers at locations to be determined. The first of these centers, located near Detroit, Michigan, is already in operation.
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