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The Future Of Java

Java Will Be Constrained By The Bounds Of Oracle's Business Model

January 21, 2011

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Drama has been running high since Oracle began to shape up the Java technology it acquired along with Sun Microsystems. Oracle ended the impasse over a new core Java release, set out a road map for the next two years, and began reorganizing Java's ineffectual governance. Oracle's Java road map and commitment to invest reassured enterprise customers and prevented a split with IBM but alienated many in the open source community. But Oracle's plans so far fail to address Java platforms' inherent complexity, which remains Java's Achilles' heel in head-to-head competition with Microsoft's.NET platform. Moreover, a controlled, top-down innovation model will limit Java's role as the basis for the "cloud" generation of platforms, rich Internet applications, and new development techniques ranging from languages such as Ruby to approaches such as business process management (BPM) and business rules. Conclusion: Java's future in the enterprise is alive and well but limited.

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Table of Contents

  • Java Is Strong In The Enterprise But Stands At A Crossroads
  • Oracle's New World Order For Java
  • Six Crucial Questions Determine Your Java Future
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Revisit Java's Role In Your Development And Delivery Strategy
  • WHAT IT MEANS

  • Oracle Will Control Java's Future
  • Supplemental Material
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