The future of the J2EE standard is uncertain. Market forces, including commoditization, open source alternatives, new disruptive technologies, and the maturing Microsoft .NET framework will change the landscape of the J2EE specification and market.
According to "Report: J2EE in Jeopardy," (another catchy title), Richard believes that the J2EE vendors/community should turn over that responsibility to the open source community. The vendors should focus on the J2EE "super platform." Needless to say, this is a hot discussion on The Server Side: "Analyst Report: J2EE In Jeopardy?"