Enterprise Java Victoria, an alliance of more than 35 Victorian organisations, has received AU$80,000 from the State Government to focus on developing J2EE applications, the Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Marsha Thomson has announced.

J2EE “provides significant growth opportunities for the Victorian industry, with future demand for J2EE application and web services predicted to reach $21 billion globally by 2005,” she said.

Enterprise Java Victoria is the second recipient of Next Wave funding. Last week Foundation BioGenix — a consortium including includes IBM, Centre for Women’s Health Research (Monash Medical Centre) and Neuragenix — was awarded AU$100,000 to develop new technologies to help fight diseases such as cancer.

“Through the Next Wave program, we want to transform emerging industries into globally recognised clusters of excellence, in the same way the Victorian Government has supported the state’s computer game industry,” she added.

In other news, the Minister welcomed the announcement of a AU$1 million software development contract awarded by Sharp Corporation to Expert Information Services, Victoria’s largest locally owned software developer.

Thomson said Expert’s contract with Sharp to develop a range of office management software products was a long-term deal and signalled that business confidence in the Victorian economy was high.

“Sharp was attracted to Victoria’s globally recognised clusters of excellence in creative content and interactive applications,” she said.