Jolt Awards by Ivar Jacobson

March 17, 2004

Today I gave a keynote at the Software Development West conference in Santa Clara. Today is also a very special day that I have been looking forward to for a long time. The reason is that the Jolt award judges announced their result today at the conference. WayPointer is one of the products that made it all the way to the finals. Given that WayPointer is so different compared to other tools, I was not sure that the judges would have time to penetrate it enough to see its many values.

I gave my keynote on Aspects and Use Cases working together. The audience seemed to like it and I enjoyed talking about it. After all, it is work that I started more than 25 years ago - that thanks to the work of Gregor Kizcales, Harold Ossher and other friends - now finally can be harvested. As you can understand, I was quite passionate.

Directly after my keynote the Jolt awards were announced. There were a number of different categories and WayPointer competed in the category for Analysis and Design tools. I had to wait for quite some time before the decision was announced. To my great joy and pride, WayPointer won a Jolt Productivity Award.

The Jaczone team has really done an incredible job. They have implemented a tool using concepts and technologies that not yet are widely supported by commercial platforms. They have done it in a very effective way and perhaps most importantly in a way that is accessible but yet non-intrusive to users.

I am very proud of them. Hope you all understand why this tool is so important.