The Java Community Process (JCP) defines the standards that make up the Java SE and EE platforms, including the Java EE umbrella standard itself. The individual standards are defined as Java Specification Requests (JSR), each forming so-called Expert Groups, consisting of experts and companies involved in enterprise software.
The idea is to standardize technology that has proven itself well in real-world projects. The experience of companies and individuals from these real-world projects is brought together to form vendor-independent Java enterprise standards.
It's highly advisable for both companies and individuals to participate in the JCP. It provides the ability to form the standards and the future of Java technology as well as to gain knowledge in this technology. The open processes of the JCP enable developers to get insight about how the future versions of Java EE will look.
Individuals and companies can also follow the standardization processes, even if they don...