SpringSource, a division of VMware, Inc., (NYSE: VMW) and the leader in Java application infrastructure and management, provides a complete suite of software products that accelerate the entire build, run, manage enterprise Java application lifecycle. SpringSource employs the open source leaders who created and drive innovation for Spring, the de facto standard programming model for enterprise Java applications. SpringSource also employs the Java and Web thought leaders within the Apache Tomcat, Apache HTTP Server, Hyperic, Groovy and Grails open source communities. Nearly half of the Global 2000, including many world's leading retail, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, technology and public sector clients are SpringSource customers. For more information visit: www.springsource.com The Facts SpringSource has trained over 3000 developers on Spring and Spring related technologies. Spring .NET was written completely from scratch but used the Java Spring product as its functional specification. SpringSource has hosted annual user conferences for the past 3 years (SpringOne and The Spring eXchange in Europe in the summer and winter and The Spring Experience in Florida in December). From all known download sites, the Spring Framework has been downloaded over 3 million times (as of September 30, 2007). Skills Matter & SpringSource Skills Matter and SpringSource work in close partnership in the UK, to provide Spring, Hibernate and Groovy & Grails related training courses, Skills Matter eXchanges and Skills Matter In-the-Brain sessions, to support the Open Source and Spring community.