John Goodson is vice president and general manager of DataDirect Technologies, a leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration. For 20 years, he has worked with Sun, Microsoft, and others to develop database connectivity standards such as J2EE, JDBC, .NET, ODBC, and ADO. He served on the ANSI H2 Committee that built the SQL standard, and now participates in the JDBC Expert Group and Java Rowsets standards committees. Rob Steward,VP of R&D at DataDirect Technologies, is responsible for the DataDirect Connect database drivers and providers, DataDirect Sequelink, and DataDirect XQuery, and manages Customer Engineering group. He has 13+ years' experience developing database access middleware.