Bowstreet a provider of J2EE tools has announced the latest version of their Portlet Factory (v5.8) and the launch of a JSR 168 validation program, co-sponsored by other industry leaders. Portlet Factory enables the rapid creation portlets and is now compatible with all portal platforms that support the JSR 168 specification.JSR 168 was developed through the Java Community Process(SM) (JCP(SM))(1), the community-based process that designs and revises Java technology specifications, reference implementations, and technology compatibility kits. It is a standard that ensures a single way to design, build, test, package, and maintain portlets and thereby make those portlets available across a wide range of portals. In addition to launching Bowstreet Portlet Factory, the company also formed the Bowstreet JSR 168 validation program. Through this program, Bowstreet Portlet Factory will undergo validation with all program members' portals. To date, program members include Sun, Plumtree, and IBM. "Sun's customers are starting to stretch their portal boundaries, looking for new ways to access and process information from their many back-end systems, and present it in a relevant, user-friendly way," said Stuart Wells, vice president of market development, Sun Microsystems. "Bowstreet Portlet Factory will help customers transform their portals, giving them a rich, user-adaptive portal experience in a fraction of the development time. Also, by supporting the JSR 168 and J2EE standards, Bowstreet is helping its customers broaden the reach and usefulness of the portlets they build." "Our Radical Openness product strategy is a long-term commitment to ensure that our solution is interoperable with customers' existing technologies," said Glenn Kelman, vice president of product management and marketing, Plumtree. "Supporting Bowstreet in its JSR 168 portlet validation initiative, together with other activities such as launching the Portlet Open Source Trading Site with Documentum and BEA last November, is part of our effort to ensure our software works with the widest range of platforms and tools in the industry." Bowstreet simultaneously released version 5.8 of Portlet Factory for WebSphere, which provides direct, deep integration with IBM's WebSphere Portal(2) APIs, in addition to integration through JSR 168. "IBM continues to take a leadership role in defining and adopting standards, like JSR 168," said Bill Swatling, product manager, WebSphere Portal, IBM. "Bowstreet Portlet Factory's support of JSR 168 will give our customers an additional, standards-compliant tool they can use to develop and deploy portlets on WebSphere Portal." "Bowstreet's customers have realized significant benefits with our portlet development tools in terms of time and cost savings. We are now able to offer the same powerful development tools and solid value proposition to all standards-compliant portal users," said Michael George, president and CEO, Bowstreet. "In the next few weeks, we will be announcing new customers that have already selected Portlet Factory to develop and deploy portlets on a variety of portal platforms." Bowstreet is demonstrating Portlet Factory at DCI's Portals, Collaboration & Content Management Conference in booth # 104. About Bowstreet Portlet Factory Bowstreet Portlet Factory greatly reduces the complexity of J2EE development. Developers are able to quickly and easily leverage their company's core assets to build applications as sets of adaptive portlets. Unlike portlets created with RAD or "clipping" tools, Bowstreet-powered portlets are dynamic, robust J2EE applications that adapt automatically to change, and can be further modified by business users in real time, to meet changing business requirements. About Bowstreet Bowstreet(TM) is the leading provider of development tools for the creation and maintenance of adaptive J2EE applications. With Bowstreet's award-winning automation framework and patented reusable software components, development teams can rapidly build adaptive portlets, web services, and J2EE web applications that stand-alone or integrate directly into an existing infrastructure. Unlike with traditional RAD tools, Bowstreet-built applications are inherently designed for maximum adaptability, allowing for the creation of multiple iterations from a single model without the need for costly reprogramming. The Bowstreet development framework is used by more than 65 companies, including Bureau Veritas, Cardinal Health System, Cisco, Crossrail, DuPont, GM, John Crane, Kroger, Northwestern Mutual, Sanchez Computer Associates, Sun Microsystems, UNICCO, and Wackenhut. Bowstreet is headquartered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts and has offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London.