Vignette, BEA form e-business alliance

Electronic-commerce software makers BEA Systems Inc. and Vignette Corp. have signed an agreement to create a global alliance and collaborate in engineering and sales and marketing, the companies announced Thursday.

The agreement calls for the continued integration of Vignette's applications, which are aimed at making Web sites customer-friendly, with BEA's WebLogic e-business platform, which includes application and commerce servers. The goal of the alliance is to offer customers a complete e-commerce software platform, the companies said. Vignette's software is designed to provide data analysis that can be used by companies to improve their customer service.

BEA and Vignette plan on offering pre-packaged technology integration, as well as selling each others' products to customers.

Although the formal alliance between the two companies is new, there is a long list of companies including AT&T Corp., Amazon.com Inc., British Telecommunications PLC and Deutsche Telekom AG, that already use the software from BEA and Vignette in conjunction.

Under the specific terms of the agreement, the companies have agreed to continue to integrate their technology, collaborate on sales efforts, support and market each others' products and create training programs and educational materials for implementation partners. The training classes are scheduled to begin next quarter.

The companies will initially focus on offering the integrated software platform to the high-tech manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications industries, with plans to expand to other industries in the future.

Vignette, based in Austin, Texas, can be reached at +1-512-306-4300 or http://www.vignette.com/. BEA Systems, in San Jose, California, is at +1-408-570-8000, or at http://www.bea.com.

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