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More than 65 Partners Line Up Behind
BEA WebLogic Portal 4.0 and BEA WebLogic Integration 2.1


High Wycombe, UK - 22 October – BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), one of the world’s leading e-business infrastructure software companies, today announced the availability of BEA WebLogic® Portal 4.0 and BEA WebLogic Integration™ 2.1. The new products are designed to simplify the development, integration and presentation of applications, systems, and business processes spanning an enterprise’s employees, customers, and partners. BEA also announced (see separate BEA news release issued today) the BEA Portal Star Solution™, BEA Portlet Gallery and more than 65 partners supporting BEA WebLogic Portal™ and BEA WebLogic Integration.

Together with the industry-leading BEA WebLogic Server™ 6.1, the new portal and integration products form the BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform™, a single infrastructure solution with complete application management, portal, integration and Web Services capabilities. This unified e-business platform delivers integrated technologies such as Web application server, application integration, business process management, and B2B integration, as well as personalization, commerce and portal.

“Global 2000 organizations are embracing a platform-based approach that defines a common stack of products and technologies that all enterprise applications can leverage,” said Craig Roth, senior program director at META Group, a leading research and consulting firm. “The e-business stack continues to add layers as new technologies emerge, such as application server, portal framework, Web services and integration. And the e-business platform vendors will continue to subsume functionality as common features are recognized.”

“Crown Castle needed a complete, scalable, and integrated e-business software platform that would enable us to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace, and the BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform uniquely met our strategic business needs,” said Steven Schmitt, senior vice president and CIO, Crown Castle International. “BEA is enabling us to fully automate and integrate our order management and fulfilment processes, and provide our customers with access through a simplified portal view.”

BEA WebLogic Portal 4.0 simplifies and customises access to information, applications and business processes by providing portal foundation services, personalization and interaction management, intelligent administration and integration services. Built on BEA WebLogic Server 6.1, these technologies provide a unified platform for businesses to customise users’ portal experiences, help increase employee productivity through internal portals, and help reduce the overall cost of linking portals with businesses’ supply chain, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning initiatives. BEA WebLogic Portal can rapidly scale to thousands of concurrent users and transactions, and is designed to manage multiple portal initiatives.

BEA WebLogic Integration 2.1 provides a unified, standards-based integration solution that enables companies to develop and deploy new Web and wireless applications, rapidly integrate them with existing systems, streamline complex business processes, and connect with business partners. Built on BEA WebLogic Server 6.1, BEA WebLogic Integration 2.1 combines application server, application integration, business process management, and B2B integration functionality. With BEA WebLogic Integration 2.1, enterprises now have complete EDI functionality, message processing and handling, and Value Added Network connectivity. BEA WebLogic Integration also helps companies speed application development and deployment time, realize lower total costs, and scale for future changes and growth.

“Mortgage2000 is a growing online business, which provides personalized financial services and related information to consumers and Independent Financial Advisors,” said Simon Nixon, CEO of Mortgage2000. “BEA WebLogic Integration allows us to rapidly add new applications and deliver new services to customers. The solution supports our business-to-business channel by enabling us to efficiently add new online partners and outsource content to leading search engines and ISPs, including Yahoo!, FT.com and Lycos.”

In a separate BEA announcement today, the BEA Portal Star Solution is now available, with more than 65 partners initially committed to join. This BEA partner initiative is designed for partners who want to build application portlets for BEA WebLogic Portal 4.0, integrate their applications to BEA WebLogic Portal 4.0, or develop consulting practices around the product. With Portal Star Solution partners, customers will be able to easily create specific portals leveraging pre-integrated partner solutions for content management, search, syndicated content, security, collaboration, analytics and more.

“As our clients extend and unify enterprise portals to provide customers, partners and employees greater access to applications and systems, they're evaluating new technologies to make their e-business initiatives more powerful,” said Phil Karecki, chief architect for collaborative commerce at Computer Sciences Corporation. “As a result, we choose to partner with vendors who can provide integration and portal software to simplify the adoption, and speed the deployment, of new e-business initiatives. For this reason, we have a strong and productive relationship with BEA.”


Availability

BEA WebLogic Integration 2.1 is available for download today from www.bea.com. BEA WebLogic Portal 4.0 is scheduled to be generally available for download on Oct. 29. For more information, contact a BEA sales representative at 800-817-4232.



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® brand are among the most trusted names in e-business. Businesses built on the award-winning BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform 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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