Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Thank you Amazon!

Just a quick Thank-You to Amazon, (specifically, the AWS team and the CloudFront product) for once again providing our annual release train with some much needed, and much appreciated bandwidth. During the heavy download period of the release trains, our webmasters relish the ability to smooth the downloads over our Member Distros, Mirrors and AWS Cloudfront.

This is the second year in a row that we've been able to serve increasing volume with (mostly) full speed available to all downloaders.


- Don

Friday, June 18, 2010

Eclipse Summit Europe Sponsors

To date 16 (sweet!) companies have signed up to sponsor Eclipse Summit Europe.

Thanks to my colleague Perri I even have nice artwork to show :)

You can follow us on Twitter: #ese @EclipseSummit @EclipseESE

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Welcome Bank of America to the Eclipse Foundation

Bank of America, one of the worlds largest financial institutions, has joined the Eclipse Foundation as an Associate Member. In the US alone, Bank of America has over 58 Million accounts and 30 Million active online banking users.

I believe a key reason Bank of America joined the Eclipse Foundation is to act as a catalyst for other IT consumer organizations to get more involved in Eclipse and support open innovation. We know there are a lot of organizations with large deployments of Eclipse and seeing them step up and signal support in this way is very important to our ecosystem.

We appreciate the membership and support of Bank of America.

- Don

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Membership Value Explained

Sometimes I wish I would be as clear as Gunthilde Sohn from instinctools GmbH. That's why I want to share her note that she sent to a new member prospect with all of you.

Again, thank you Gunni!


you asked Ralph about the ROI of Eclipse Foundation membership and I am glad to provide you with our experience as a solution member:

We joined EF in 2008 after we decided to develop our product DITAworks based on Eclipse/RCP and focus our development services on Eclipse components. Besides using a mature and widely used technology for our products and services we experienced following benefits:

Increase of visibility
: having our company and product registered on and marketplace we are not just a local provider anymore but visible to all organizations using Eclipse. This kind of visibility would cost us quite a marketing budget to be achieved through different platforms.

Global reach: we are even visible to worldwide potential customers and were able to generate international leads, new customers and a partner in the USA selling our product on the US market. I am sure without presentation on Eclipse site this would not been possible or take much more time and money.

Increase of customers: we were able to get new customers for our development services - also outside of Germany. These people found us on and invited us to bid for their projects.

Co-branding for our product: Having DITAworks based on Eclipse and also providing an out-of-the-box package for documentation of Eclipse applications provides us a nice co-branding for our product. Customers feel that the product has a profound technology base and can easily be integrated with other Eclipse based products, environments etc.

Cooperation: we experienced a good and cooperative approach of Eclipse members among each other (talking about German companies, I do not know how it is in other countries)

We are participating in Eclipse events in order to meet colleagues and potential customers, learn about the latest developments in Eclipse and present our product and services.

These are the major benefits in short and I can say we a good ROI of being a member so far.

In case of any questions or comments please feel free to contact me any time.

Kind regards,


Friday, June 4, 2010

Eclipse Embedded Day Stuttgart

Eclipse Embedded Day (EDay 2010) has completed its agenda ! As promised, there are high quality talks from experienced professionals about Eclipse Technologies in the embeded space. You can check it here.

EDay 2010 is presented by MicroDoc in cooperation with the Eclipse Foundation and Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart. EDay 2010 is a great opportunity for senior technical developers, architects and technical managers to learn how to better leverage Eclipse technology and the Eclipse community as part of their development strategy.
There are just a few places left! So if you haven't registered yet, hurry up and register for this free event.

There's a unique opportunity for the attendees from the automotive sector to visit EDay 2010 and Open Forum 2010: International SPICE Days, Automotive Safety & Security and A2A - Apps to Automotive the days before at the same location. Please notice, that Open Forum 2010 has its own registration and is not for free.

The organizers and the Eclipse Foundation are looking forward to meeting you at EDay 2010 !