US middleware software firm BEA is to talk to this country’s universities over the next few months about introducing sponsored courses in Java development.
As part of the programme, already running in the US, BEA offers free six-month instructor or lab production licences for its Weblogic e-business platform, including its Java-based Weblogic application server. Six-month restricted development licenses for students and operational support are also offered.
BEA is part of a number of US-based committees that work towards encouraging open industry standards such as Java and XML to speed up the development of e-commerce. The company also benefits from encouraging such development.
BEA Asia Pacific head Matt McLaughlin, on a visit to Auckland, says over 20% of the company’s revenue now comes from licensing “embedded technology” – that is, when BEA’s servers are used within other company’s products.
For example, local utility billing software company Peace Software uses BEA’s Weblogic Server and Java Bean architecture in its browser-based product.
BEA says it already runs the programme in two dozen universities in the US.