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Open source innovation recognised by royalty as Payara wins prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Micro-multinational open source software company, Payara Services, has been commended for its achievements within global trading and exporting with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade is the UK’s most prestigious business award, honouring organisations that have excelled in overseas exports whilst maintaining the highest standards in social, economic and environmental activity.

Payara’s win attests to the growing success of the open source software business model, the Payara Platform, which is based on the global initiatives of the Jakarta EE and MicroProfile standards. Community users can download the Payara Platform Community Edition for their development projects and containerised Jakarta EE and MicroProfile applications, while the fully supported, subscription based Payara Enterprise Edition is designed for mission critical systems in production and containerised Jakarta EE and MicroProfile applications.

As one of just 205 businesses across the UK to have received this accolade – often referred to as the ‘knighthood for businesses’ – and personally approved by Her Majesty The Queen, Payara can utilise the esteemed Queen’s Award emblem within its marketing and promotional activity for the next five years.

Steve Millidge, Founder and CEO of Payara Services, commented: “We’re thrilled to win a Queen’s Award for International Trade. Payara was born global and has team members in many countries. This award recognises their commitment to the mission of delivering trusted and supported enterprise software to customers worldwide. The Payara Platform is based on the Jakarta EE standards and specifications which enable Java developers around the world to collaborate and drive the industry forward to reflect the needs of the wider community.”

Marketing Manager at Payara Services, Dominika Tasarz-Sochacka, added: “This prestigious award enhances our global reputation and builds on the exceptional growth we’ve experienced overseas in the last three years.”

Since it was founded in 2016, Payara has implemented a strategy for overseas trade, with 95% of its services currently exported to a total of nine countries, including the USA, Japan, South Africa and Germany.

Headquartered in Worcestershire, with a secondary EU office in Funchal, Portugal, Payara is recognised for its creation of innovative infrastructure software including the delivery of 24/7 production, development and migration support to customers around the world, including BMW Group, Hermes and Rakuten Card.

The firm’s leading team of tech experts – or ‘Payarans’ – have worked incredibly hard to increase annual revenue by 107% over the last three years, with export sales more than doubling from 33% to 75%. The Payara Server (a cloud-native middleware application platform supporting mission critical production systems with reliable and secure deployments of Jakarta EE (Java EE) applications) has now become one of the fastest-growing open source platforms globally, with a community of over 320,000 users.

The news of the award win closely follows the latest monthly release of the Payara Platform Enterprise Edition on 7th April, which consists of various new features, improvements, component upgrades and bug fixes.

Payara is continuing to expand its global customer base to reach new markets and has several innovative projects in the pipeline, including the Payara Cloud and expansion of the existing Payara Partner Program.

Expected to launch in September 2021, Payara Cloud is a next generation cloud-native application server and all-in-one PaaS which will provide a more efficient way to run Jakarta EE apps on the cloud, and with no Kubernetes knowledge required. The Payara Partner Program is aimed at overcoming cultural and language barriers to reach new markets via co-marketing campaigns with partners located around the world.

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