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– Global software developer comes of age with more than 150 enterprise organisations using its open source CMS & portal software, ten Hippo developers accepted as ‘committers' to Apache projects; and three 'members' of The Apache Software Foundation –

San Francisco, CA and Amsterdam, The Netherlands –25 March, 2009 – Hippo, a leading vendor of open source Enterprise Content Management and Portal technology, today further demonstrated its leadership in the open source community with the announcement that the tenth member of its Technology Expertise Team has joined with the prestigious status of ‘committer’ to projects of The Apache Software Foundation.

Out of its team of over 50 employees, nine others have attained this status, of which three have since received recognition for their technical excellence and contribution by achieving 'member' level.

Developers are accepted as committers by the ASF based on the quality and quantity of their contributions to Apache open source development projects. Led by Hippo’s CTO, Arje Cahn, the Hippo Technology Expertise Team includes ASF members and committers to a broad range of Apache projects including Cocoon, Jetspeed, Portals, Wicket, and Jackrabbit.

The number of Hippo developers accepted as Apache committers is indicative both of the high levels of technical expertise within the company, and of its commitment to contributing to open source development projects and enriching the world’s store of open source software. The ASF process is meritocratic: to attain committer status, developers have to be voted on by other committers. Only several hundred of the thousands of developers working on Apache projects are able to reach committer status while member status is reserved to a select group of technological leaders.

“To have so many members of our team awarded Apache committer status is a testament to the quality and innovative nature of our work as well as to Hippo’s community spirit,” said Hippo CTO Arje Cahn. “We believe very strongly in the Apache Way, and we try to show our support for the community whenever we can. We look forward to continued collaboration with the Apache community and to making further contributions to Apache projects.”

The ten Hippo Technology Expertise Team members active in the Apache development community include:

* Arje Cahn, ASF member and committer Apache Cocoon
* David Sean Taylor, ASF member and committer Apache Portals
* Ate Douma, ASF member and committer Apache Portals and Apache Wicket
* Woonsan Ko, ASF committer Apache Portals
* Vivek Kumar, ASF committer Apache Portals
* Ard Schrijvers, ASF committer Apache Cocoon and Apache Jackrabbit
* Dennis Dam, ASF committer Apache Portals
* Jeroen Reijn, ASF committer Apache Cocoon
* Jasha Joachimsthal, ASF committer Apache Cocoon
* Randy Watler, ASF committer Apache Jetspeed

The team’s technical expertise and standing in the Apache community are leveraged in Hippo's core products, of which the recently released CMS 7, the company's flagship product, is a prime example. CMS 7 features full JSR 170 compliance based on Apache Lucene and Apache Jackrabbit.

Reflecting the Apache philosophy the team made CMS 7 a highly extensible, open product. As its key innovative feature it offers a faceted repository introducing “drop and start” dynamic categorisation of content; allowing organisations to significantly speed up implementation and acceptance resulting in a dramatically improved ROI compared to traditional CMS. CMS 7 thereby is a showcase of the effectiveness of Hippo's dedication to innovation and technological leadership and cooperation in the Apache community.

As the main sponsor of the ApacheCon Europe 2009, occurring in
Amsterdam from March 23-27, 2009, Hippo’s CTO, Arje Cahn, organised the Apache Meetups at ApacheCon Europe 2009: These free sessions occurred on 23 and 24 March, before the event kicked into full swing, and were evenings of presentations and discussions bringing together users, committers, managers and developers of ASF projects such as Jackrabbit, Portals, Wicket, Lucene and Maven.

About Hippo

Hippo helps companies manage and access information, protect sensitive data, share knowledge, optimize collaboration and reduce operational costs through its Content Management and Portal technologies.  With the combination of enterprise-class support and open source technology, Hippo provides its users with the best of both worlds: the flexibility, innovation and robustness of open source software combined with the stability, reach, and service quality of an established vendor.
 
Hippo is actively involved in several key standard-setting efforts such as JSR 283, 286 and 301. Ten members of the Hippo team are committers/members for The Apache Software Foundation.
 
The company was founded in 1999 and today has a global base of over 150 customers across the education, publishing, manufacturing, and financial services industries, as well as several government agencies.  Hippo has over 50 employees located in its European headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and North American headquarters in San Francisco, California.
 
For more information visit: http://www.onehippo.com



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