BEA eyes standards implementations

BEA Systems at its eWorld conference in Kissimmee, Fla. took steps to promote two proposed standards for XML and Web services, including its own XMLBeans technology.

The company also unveiled its WebLogic Platform 8.1 suite at the show and plans to standardize and make publicly available XMLBeans, which was announced in January. XMLBeans allow developers to access and manipulate XML information from within Java without having to make trade-offs between the XML data structure and forcing tedious coding to connect different programming languages, BEA said. An implementation of XMLBeans for public consumption is due in 2003.

The company also will release a reference implementation of JSR (Java Specification Request) 181, a Web services metadata proposal that defines how to use Java classes with declarative annotations to build enterprise-class Web services. A public draft of the standard is expected from the JSR expert group this summer, and a BEA plans to provide a reference implementation shortly afterward, according to the company.

JSR 181 technology generates J2EE components for enterprise-class Web services, BEA said.

Other companies unveiled a slew of products at eWorld.

Blue Titan announced availability of Blue Titan Network Director for BEA WebLogic, a Web-services networking product for the WebLogic platform. The product provides enterprises with a unified control layer that brings security, reliability, and manageability to Web services, according to Blue Titan.

Web-service events and notifications from Blue Titan can be accessed in WebLogic Portal.

ComergentTechnologies announced a partnership with BEA in which the WebLogic Server and Integration products will be paired with the Comergent E-Business System for automating demand-chain business processes. The companies will jointly identify business opportunities. Separate from eWorld, Comergent announced industry-specific offerings based on Comergent E-Business System 6.3. New products include Comergent for Automotive, Comergent for Franchise, Comergent for High Tech/MicroElectronics, and Comergent for Industrial.

SandCherryis partnering with BEA to offer speech and multimodal capabilities to businesses relying on WebLogic Server and Portal for customer service, workforce management, content and messaging applications. SandCherry'sSoftServer platform can provide applications with managed access to speech recognition, text-to-speech, and announcement components from vendors such as AT&T Labs, Elan, Nuance, SpeechWorks, and Telisma. The product enables delivery of audio components for voice and multimodal applications.

With the SandCherry technology, enterprises can extend Web-enabled applications to phones, voice-enabled PDAs, and smartphones, according to the company.

Wily Technology announced integration of its Introscope enterprise Web application management solution with the 8.1 versions of the BEA WebLogicJRockit JVM (Java Virtual Machine), and WebLogic Server. The integration enables automatic monitoring of applications deployed on these products.

CyaneaSystems announced availability of Cyanea/One for WebLogic Server, providing monitoring and management of distributed and mainframe-based applications. Datacenter managers and other IT personnel can pinpoint and resolve J2EE performance problems.

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