BEA unfurls expanded e-biz platform

BEA Systems this week announced the expansion of its WebLogic e-business platform, combining an application server, Web services integration and portal technologies.

The integrated platform is built on open standards. BEA said the aim is to develop the first non-proprietary solution to allow data and services to be shared across multiple applications and systems.

It includes the WebLogic Server 6.1, which transcribes enterprise and Web-based J2EE applications into Web services and is complemented by WebLogic Integration and WebLogic Portal 4.0.

The integration solutions enables disparate applications to talk to each other through a common protocol using adapters.

There are currently more than 25 J2EE Connector Architecture adapters for BEA WebLogic Integration in development, including adapters for packaged applications such as SAP, Oracle, Siebel and Vignette.

BEA Systems founder Alfred Chuang said the expansion of the e-business platform was in response to strong demand from the market.

"The most acute need in enterprise is for applications to talk to each other, both within the organisation and across the firewall to partners and suppliers. The answer is non-proprietary, integrated solutions," he said.

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