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  • IBM Japan to Launch 'San Francisco Project' by June
  • April 9, 1998 (TOKYO) -- IBM Japan Ltd. will launch the "San Francisco Project" to provide Java frameworks for participating companies by the end of June.
    IBM Corp.'s San Francisco Project has more than 300 participating companies, mainly independent software vendors (ISVs), promoting the project in concert.

    They intend to improve the reusing of software for business applications. To achieve this goal, the participants are building large-scale class libraries, also called frameworks, for business applications based on Java, to be shared among them.

    IBM Japan will set up the "San Francisco Technical Center" within its office in Hakozaki, Tokyo, as an organization to support developers working for the project in Japan.

    A total of 27 Japanese companies have joined the San Francisco Project, including Kanebo Ltd. and Komatsu Soft Ltd.

    As concerns new business ventures, 10 art-ni Corp. is notable because it is specializing in application development based on Java.

    Many Japanese enterprises have inquired about the San Francisco Project, according to IBM Japan. The number of companies that are expected to be licensed by IBM will exceed 100 by the end of this year, according to an estimate by IBM Japan.

    Applications such as electronic commerce (EC) are highly dependent on the functions of frameworks for the stock-control system and sales management system that were demonstrated by IBM at the JavaOne '98 developer conference in late March.

    Businesses related to building EC applications are expanding in Japan due to the amendment to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Control Law, which was implemented on April 1.

    The new framework will be more popular than the general ledger type for accounting systems, according to IBM Japan. San Francisco frameworks will likely be implemented in Japan by the end of the year.

    (Nikkei Java Review)

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    Updated: Wed Apr 8 20:37:32 1998