JAX Innovation Awards 2011

Who is the Most Innovative Java Company?

Jessica Thornsby

There’s still time to vote for your favourite!

The results of the JAX Innovation Awards 2011 will be announced later this week at JAX Conf in San Jose – but there’s still time left for you to vote! Let us know who you think deserves to win the title of Most Innovative Java Technology, Most Innovative Java Company and Top Java Ambassador.

After a period of open community nominations and evaluation by a panel of independent Java experts, we have five finalists vying for the title of Most Innovative Java Company. But, who do you feel best understands the challenges and opportunities of the Java Ecosystem, and contributes the most value to the Java platform? If you’re still undecided, then here are some key quotes from each finalist’s proposal, to help you make up your mind:


Atlassian have a long history of supporting a huge number of open source development projects by providing their commercial tools at no cost. This support has helped those projects attract contributors to their project and given them an effective way to manage their project. Atlassian is always innovating and shares ideas with the developer community through websites like Planet Atlassian ( and are establishing an Atlassian StackOverflow type site to allow the community to help each other out.


There is no better company to drive innovation in Platform as a Service (PaaS) for Java than CloudBees, which knows Java middleware and open source inside out. The team’s experience extends from the very first Java application servers in the late 1990s, such as Bluestone, JRun, SilverStream and WebSphere, to the most popular open source application servers of the last decade, GlassFish and JBoss.

Red Hat Inc.

Red Hat middleware has been active in pushing the envelope of Java technology, and has led several JSRs, was instrumental in modernising and keeping Java EE compelling and relevant: through Java EE 5, Java EE 6, EJB 3 and CDI specifications, among others. Red Hat middleware continues to push the boundaries of Java, making sure it is relevant to cloud and PaaS vendors. Red Hat is also an active contributor to OpenJDK, very important for vendor-neutral Java adoption.

Tasktop Technologies

Tasktop’s main breakthrough is the task-focused desktop. The task-focused desktop is the core of many of the benefits that development organizations have enjoyed using Tasktop and Mylyn. First of all, in a world of increasing complexity and information overload (many enterprise systems have millions of lines of code), Tasktop’s task-focused desktop actually shows less information rather than more (and hence the company’s mantra “less is more”).


The JRebel and LIveRebel products have changed the ecosystem, allowing Java developers to directly measure increased productivity. ZeroTurnaround nurtures a hardcore technological culture and has contributed to the body of knowledge of the Java engineering community through conference talks, articles and user groups. Also, we rock!

Who gets your vote? The Community Voting will close on the 21st June – visit the JAX Innovation Awards 2011 website, to register your vote!

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