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Reuters/USA Today: JBoss Uses Voluntarism to Take Aim at BEA, IBM

Nov 14, 2003, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wei Gu)

"A small, upstart company that gives away its software for free is threatening to play spoiler to big rivals IBM and BEA Systems in the hotly contested market for business software that pipes data between applications.

"'We have turned the heat up,' JBoss Group founder and CEO Marc Fleury said of the privately held Atlanta, Georgia-based company's challenge to established players.

"JBoss, which relies on a voluntary network of developers to build 'application server' software, has won major corporate customers like motel chain Best Western International Inc. and telephone network operator MCI, formerly WorldCom. Fleury says JBoss, which sells services to users of its free software, has revenues of between $1 million and $10 million per year..."

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