SAS, a leader in business intelligence, announced that it has become a member of Eclipse, a broad consortium of software development vendors working together to help support and promote the Eclipse universal tools integration platform. SAS also announced that Rich Main, director of Java development environments, was elected to represent SAS on the Eclipse Board of Stewards.
SAS has long advocated and supported the need for open standards and designs that address multiplatform environments, thus ensuring that SAS customers have the flexibility to deploy applications in the environment that matches their business needs. SAS is actively involved in numerous standards organizations, including Data Mining Group, Global Grid Forum, Java Community Process, Object Management Group and XML/A Council. By joining the Eclipse consortium, SAS will assist in the community effort to create and enhance an open, enterprise-class development environment for the Java and J2EE platforms.
Eclipse's open platform allows tool vendors to take advantage of a flexible plug-in architecture that creates an easy-to-use, integrated development environment. With Eclipse's popular Java development tools, users will benefit from quick and seamless integration with SAS' extensive suite of warehousing, analytics and business intelligence solutions.
"We certainly recognize the popularity of Eclipse within the development community. SAS has always been committed to supporting key software platforms of importance to our customers, such as Java, J2EE and .NET," said Main. "In line with this commitment, we plan to provide SAS application development capabilities for Eclipse. We believe this combination will benefit enterprise software developers by providing them with the ability to rapidly create solutions that harness the power of SAS software to drive intelligent decision making."
Main joins members from IBM, Intel, HP, Red Hat, Fujitsu and other leading companies on the Eclipse Board of Stewards. The board will hold its next quarterly meeting September 3, 2003, in Chicago.
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