Jini.org has posted a new issue of the Jini Commmunity Newsletter, which includes a Frank Sommers interview of Oliver Zeng, senior technical lead at Freddie Mac, and updates and other information from the Jini Community.
The newsletter also mentions current activities involving the Jini Decision Process (JDP), including the nomination period for the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) and the debate and voting period Artima Software, Inc.'s own ServiceUI API proposal.
Here's an excerpt from Frank Sommers' interview with Oliver Zeng :
We're a finance company, so it would be unusual for upper management to suggest that we try Jini. Somehow we got introduced to Jini from an article, and then learned more about it at JavaOne. When we got back from the show, we proposed to management the need to do distributed computing, and that we needed to use Jini to do that.
It didn't take much convincing before we got the go ahead, as long as we could produce the same results in a better way. Because of our success, we are getting inquiries now from our IT people. I've already done a couple of demos in our company. Management is getting to like Jini because Jini works. We had a project where they were trying to do distributed computing. I told them, if you give me just half the budget you're thinking of, we can do that with Jini. Other IT folks also endorse the idea of using Jini and JavaSpaces, and it even shows in their designs.
So Jini was very much a grassroots effort. But it may be that we started a paradigm shift. Jini is getting more exposure in our company, and it's no longer used only within our division. Perhaps because of the initial success, we are now getting to purchase a commercial-grade cluster - the first such cluster in our company. We are going to run Jini and JavaSpaces on it.