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#1 Market Share Position in Application Servers Confirmed by Leading Research Firm


High Wycombe, UK -- October 17, 2001 -- BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies, today announced that independent research conducted by leading industry analyst firm Gartner Dataquest shows that BEA holds 41% of the new direct license revenue in the application server software market in 2000, a figure that is 10 share points higher than its closest competitor*. With this research, BEA has secured unanimous confirmation of its first place market position by every major industry analyst firm tracking the application server market.
The Gartner market analysis revealed the following market share results:

BEA - 41%

IBM - 31%

iPlanet - 13%

Oracle - 4%

HP Bluestone - 4%


Gartner, META Group, IDC and other leading industry analyst firms continue to name BEA the market leader for application servers based on software license revenue and on units deployed by global enterprises. Complementing Gartner's findings, a recent survey of Fortune 2000-class enterprises conducted by leading industry research firm META Group revealed that BEA holds 37% of the market for deployed application servers, a number that is nearly 70% higher than IBM. For applications leveraging Enterprise JavaBeans, BEA holds an even more commanding lead, nearly 4-to-1 over the number two vendor. "No matter how industry analysts evaluate the market for application servers, BEA consistently emerges as the clear leader," said Tod Nielsen, chief marketing officer, BEA Systems. "The detailed research from Gartner validates what we are hearing from our 11,000 customers and 2,100 partners: BEA is the preferred choice in the application server market."

Leading enterprises, including the majority of Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 500 companies, continue to select BEA over the competition as the cornerstone of their e-business infrastructure. "Knight Ridder Digital chose BEA WebLogic(r) as the e-business platform for Real Cities, a one-stop Web destination that combines the best in Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism, local news, interactive services and useful information about the city in which you live," said Rohn Jay Miller, senior vice president of Product & Technology Development at Knight Ridder Digital. "We rely on BEA's technology as the foundation of the publishing system we use to power our network. BEA WebLogic provides a flexible, massively scalable, dependable platform that ensures the information people have come to rely upon will be available all day, every day without fail."

* Source : Gartner Dataquest "The Application Server Market Will Stay Healthy", J. Correia, October 2001.



About BEA


BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies, with more than 11,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic(r) brand are among the most trusted names in e-business. Businesses built on the award-winning BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform(tm) are reliable, highly scalable, and poised to bring new services to market quickly. BEA's e-business platform is the de facto standard for more than 2,100 systems integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service providers (ASPs) to provide complete solutions that fast-track and future-proof e-businesses for high growth and profitability.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 93 offices in 34 countries and is on the Web at http://www.bea.com



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Contacts:


Lucille Van Der Wateren
BEA Systems Ltd.
+44 (0) 1494 5595536
Lucille.vanderwateren@bea.com


Kina Kara / Nishma Shah
The Weber Group
+44 (0)20 7544 3206
bea@webergroup.co.uk



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