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2006 Candidate:
Rich Main

Director, Java Development Environments at SAS

Nominee for sustaining member representative

I have been the SAS representative to Eclipse for the past 3 1/2 years, and participated actively in the formulation of the current Eclipse Foundation development process and bylaws, the Eclipse Public License, and the IP Policy. I have been an elected Add-In Provider Member Representative to the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors for the past 2 years.

email:  rich.main at


At SAS, we see Eclipse as being critical to the long-term viability of Java as a platform for enterprise application development and deployment. As a result, we are committed to working within the Eclipse community to foster an environment that supports continuing innovation while also increasing the end-user focus of the Eclipse development process. This is a necessary component of taking Eclipse to the "next level" as it grows from supporting just developers to also supporting end-user consumer organizations. At the same time, the vibrant community that has been such a critical part of Eclipse’s success thus far must be preserved and nurtured. This community is the engine that fuels the innovation and drives growing adoption of Eclipse across the software industry. In this respect, it is crucially important that the Add-in Provider representatives on the board forge relationships with each of the other Add-in Provider members to understand and represent the full range of Add-in Provider member needs. Finally, we need to work with standards organizations to drive adoption of Eclipse based technology as industry standards. This will ensure that Eclipse is everywhere our end-users need to be. To that end, I would appreciate your vote of support!

About the Candidate

I am the Director of Java Development Environments at SAS. In that role, I oversee the development of a number of Eclipse based technologies, including SAS AppDev Studio™, an enterprise business intelligence application development suite built on top of the Eclipse IDE, and the Eclipse RCP based SAS Rich Client Platform, which serves as the basis for a number of our vertical market business intelligence solutions. In addition to these duties, I work actively within the Java community as a member of organizations such as the Eclipse Foundation and the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee to ensure that the Java platform supports development and deployment of robust enterprise applications. I graduated from Duke University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and have over 20 years of software development experience.


SAS is the market leader in providing a new generation of business intelligence software and services that create true enterprise intelligence. SAS solutions are used at 40,000 sites – including 96 of the top 100 companies on the FORTUNE Global 500® – to develop more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; to enable better, more accurate and informed decisions; and to drive organizations forward. SAS is the only vendor that completely integrates leading data warehousing, analytics and traditional BI applications to create intelligence from massive amounts of data. For nearly three decades, SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know®.

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