Sandia’s JESS 7.0 Rule Engine Available

LIVERMORE, Calif. November 1, 2006 – Jess® 7.0, a popular rule engine created by Sandia National Laboratories that enables software developers to embed intelligence in the form of business rules directly into their Java TM applications, is now available for licensing.

“Programming with rules allows software to express real-world concepts in a natural, expressive way that helps business and IT professionals collaborate in bringing enterprise applications to life,” said Craig Smith, software licensing manager at Sandia. Jess 7.0, he said, includes new tools, improved features, and enhanced performance that allows users to manage and control business rules in an enterprise environment.

Among Jess’s new features is an integrated development environment (IDE) for rules that increases programmer productivity and enhances collaboration. The IDE is based on the award-winning Eclipse TM platform ( www.eclipse.org) and features tools for creating, editing, visualizing, monitoring and debugging rules.

Sandia is a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory.

Jess is the only enterprise-capable rule engine to offer both the convenience of an IDE and an unprecedented level of flexibility and openness that makes it easy for developers to add the power of heuristic rules into applications that run on everything from handheld devices to enterprise servers. Jess supports the industry-standard JSR94 Java Rule Engine API as well as its own rich interface. Jess executes rules written both in its own expressive rule language and in XML.

Jess is licensed commercially and is being used in enterprise applications at dozens of Fortune 500 companies, including many in the finance, insurance, security, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. Sandia also offers Jess licenses to academic and government institutions. Jess (along with the textbook Jess in Action) is used as a teaching tool at hundreds of universities around the globe.

Binary-only versions of Jess are available on a 30-day trial evaluation basis. Any other use of Jess, including commercial, internal, government, R&D and no-fee academic/student use, requires a license. To learn more about Jess, please visit www.jessrules.com , or contact Sandia’s Craig Smith ( Email Contact , 925-294-3358) for information on licensing the software.

Sandia is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.



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