2008 JBoss Rewards
Red Hat has announced the winners of the JBoss Innovation Awards 2008. The Awards, in their second year, highlight the individuals and companies which are judged to be the most innovative and effective in providing JBoss solutions. JBoss, a division of Red Hat, provides open source middleware solutions for the enterprise, offering a platform for building, integrating and presenting Web applications in a Service-Oriented Architecture. There were eight categories in the 2008 Awards, covering the full range of operational and technical aspects of JBoss development and deployment. Entries were judged according to creativity and innovation, measurable ROI, improvements to the business and to business processes, and the ability to overcome technical challenges.

Emerging Technology

Big Lots, a Fortune 500 retail chain, took the gong based on its use of the JBoss Enterprise Platform and JBoss Seam in its next-gen store inventory management system. The JBoss Enterprise platform is usable across a variety of devices, including hand-held and touch-screen POS systems.

Joint JBoss Enterprise/Red Hat Enterprise Linux

CompuCredit took the honors here for its deployment of the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and Red Hat Linux to construct an XML Gateway, which serves as the company's main real-time transaction hub. CompuCredit is a financial services provider, and the implementation has saved the company in the region of $2m in cost savings.


Sakonnet Technology provides wholesale energy-trading and risk-management systems as Software as a Service (SaaS) to producers, banks, investment firms and other top-tier enterprises. Sakonnet was cited for an impressive migration of its main application, Xenon, to the JBoss Application Server and RH Enterprise Linux.

User Experience

Daiwa Securities America, a trading company which concentrates on US and Japanese equities, scooped the UE prize. The company migrated to the JBoss Enterprise Portal, resulting in greater 'speed, reliability and ease-of-use.'

Business Process Automation (BPA)

SK Telecom, Korea's leading wireless communications company, and Helio, a US mobile service provider, shared Red Hat's BPA prize. The companies employed JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and JBoss jBPM to build a wireless data portal (WDP). Claimed benefits by Helio included 50% monthly savings and a 90% reduction in commercial software licensing costs.


Rivet Logic, a provider of professional services focused on open source solutions, was named as Ecosystem champion after deploying the Alfresco Enterprise CMS in support of Kaplan's online upgrade from a legacy system to a JBoss solution. Rivet used JBoss Seam (and Facelets), JBoss Application Server, Hibernate and jBPM to develop www.kaptest.com.

Return on Investment

Alintec, a non-profit consortium promoting technological innovation in SMEs and institutions, and technology transfer between academia and industry in Europe, won the ROI award. The organization achieved high ROI levels after implementing multiple JBoss technologies within its Internet-based Library Management System for the Province of Bergamo in Italy. An improved user experience has seen loan rates rise by a quarter following the implementation, with inter-library loans increasing by over 30%.

Service Oriented Architecture

Vivat, a professional services organization focused on SOA and Enterprise Application Integration, was selected for its work with US Trust. US Trust is one of the oldest private banking firms in the US. Vivat successfully moved US Trusts' main revenue stream, the Client Fee Calculator, from a legacy system to a new SOA system built on JBoss Rules and JBoss Application Server. The solution is expected to raise an additional $20m over the next five years for US Trust.

Vote for Innovator of the Year

“As always, our customers amazed us with their trend-setting uses of JBoss technology to improve the performance of their businesses,” said Craig Muzilla, vice president, Middleware Business at Red Hat. “We extend our congratulations to the eight category winners in this year’s JBoss Innovation Awards and encourage the community and customers to vote for the Innovator of the Year online at www.jbossworld.com."