Red Hat Announces Winners of JBoss Innovation Awards 2008


United States, January 21, 2008

Second-annual awards recognize innovative use of JBoss solutions and technologies

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the winners of the JBoss Innovation Awards 2008. In its second year, the awards program is designed to recognize individuals, project teams and companies for technical achievements that show both creative thinking and determined problem solving with JBoss solutions.

The JBoss Innovation Awards 2008 consisted of eight categories, ranging from business process automation (BPA) and service-oriented architecture (SOA) implementation to user experience and ecosystem. Entries were judged based on the solution's creativity and innovation, measurable return on investment (ROI), identifiable improvements to the business, improvement of processes and ability to overcome technology challenges.

"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"

The winners of this year's JBoss Innovation Awards include:

Emerging Technology

Big Lots (, a Fortune 500 retail chain with approximately 1,350 stores, was selected based on its use of JBoss Enterprise Platform and JBoss Seam to develop and implement a next-generation store inventory management system. Usable across a variety of devices, including hand-held and touch-screen point-of-sale systems, the solution has resulted in increased usability, improved customer experience and enhanced flexibility in responding to future business initiatives.

Joint JBoss Enterprise/Red Hat Enterprise Linux

CompuCredit (, a leading provider of financial services to consumers underserved by traditional financial institutions, was selected for its employment of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to construct an XML Gateway to serve as the company's main real-time transaction hub. The implementation has enabled rapid growth, increased productivity, faster services and more than $2 million in cost savings.


Sakonnet Technology (, which provides wholesale energy trading and risk-management systems under the Software as a Service (SaaS) model to energy producers, banks, investment firms and commercial and industrial companies, was selected for the impressive migration of its main application, Xenon®, to JBoss Application Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. As a result of this migration, the company experienced decreased costs, faster development times, heightened reliability and enhanced support.

User Experience

Daiwa Securities America (, focused on the sales and trading of Japanese and U.S. equities, was selected based on its migration to JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform to enhance the experience of its user base. Its migration from another technology to JBoss Enterprise Portal Platform increased the company's user portal's speed, reliability and ease-of-use. The new solution also allowed the company's developers to create new, user-requested applications at a much faster rate, compiling programs in under one second as opposed to five minutes previously.

Business Process Automation

SK Telecom (, Korea's leading wireless telecommunications services provider, and Helio (, an advanced U.S. mobile service provider, were selected for their use of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and JBoss jBPM to build and streamline its wireless data portal (WDP). After deploying Red Hat solutions, Helio quickly experienced cost reductions. Operational savings amounted to 50 percent monthly and the company experienced a 90 percent reduction in commercial software and licensing costs.


Rivet Logic (, a provider of professional services focused on open source solutions, was selected for its use of Alfresco's content management platform in support of the upgrade of Kaplan's online presence from a legacy system to a JBoss-centric solution. Rivet Logic employed JBoss Seam (and Facelets), JBoss Application Server, Hibernate and jBPM to create Kaplan's newly updated site. The results include a 26x performance improvement over the legacy content authoring/delivery system, much faster page load times and a "fresher" web presence for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.

Return on Investment

Alintec ( (previously Politecnico Innovazione), a non-profit consortium promoting technological innovation within SMEs and public institutions and technology transfer between academia and industry in Europe, was selected following the high return on investment (ROI) it achieved after the implementation of multiple JBoss technologies within its Internet-based Library Management System (LMS) for the Province of Bergamo. The JBoss-based solution increased library loan rates by more than 25 percent and the frequency of inter-library loans by over 30 percent. Overall, it has positively impacted the end-user experience in terms of speed and ease-of-use.

Service Oriented Architecture

Vivat (, a professional services organization focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Application Integration, was selected based on its work with US Trust, one of the oldest private banking firms in the U.S. Vivat successfully moved US Trust's main revenue stream, the Client Fee Calculator, from an antiquated legacy system to a new SOA system built on JBoss technologies, including JBoss Rules and JBoss Application Server. The solution is expected to bring in an additional $20 million over the next five years as well as maximize customer profits, thanks to newly transparent and manageable fee rules.

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