BEA to pour more Liquid Data

BEA Systems, fresh from announcing an upgrade to its suite of Java application deployment tools, plans to improve its Liquid Data integration technology to take advantage of the new suite, a BEA official said on Monday at the BEA eWorld conference.

Liquid Data for WebLogic was introduced in November, for integrating information from multiple back-end sources such as Siebel Systems and SAP AG applications and mainframe data. It is currently based on the 7.0 version of the WebLogic platform. BEA on Monday, meanwhile, introduced BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1, which features upgraded versions of multiple products that can be integrated via a new version of the company's WebLogic Workshop development environment, alleviating complexity, according to the company.

The benefits of the 8.1 platform will be extended to Liquid Data later this year, said Rick Jackson, BEA vice president of enterprise product marketing.

Liquid Data, Jackson said, "gives you access to information that is distributed across disparate systems." He would not provide specific details on the linkage between WebLogic Platform 8.1 and the upcoming upgrade to Liquid Data.

BEA on Monday also launched BEA dev2dev Subscriptions, an extension of its developer assistance program intended to provide comprehensive access to WebLogic development tools and technologies.

The program features three tiers:

* Trial Edition, providing for a free, downloadable 12-month development license for the most current version of the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform, plus self-help resources.

* Platform Edition, featuring the latest Enterprise Platform release, trial software, and components from BEA partners, technical support, and quarterly shipments of a CD containing updates, public betas, and partner trials. The program is priced at US$599.

* Tools Edition, Featuring all the Platform Edition benefits plus a license to the Borland Software's JBuilderWebLogic Edition development tool. Software support from Borland also is included for 12 months. This program costs US$4,659.

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