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BEA Systems beats WebSphere and iPlanet
to power world's leading business information portal.

High Wycombe, UK, December 4, 2001, BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), one of the leading applications infrastructure software companies, today announced that FT.com, the Financial Times interactive online operation, has standardised on BEA's WebLogic Server as the application server platform of choice for its online solutions.

FT.com conducted a benchmark review of application server products from IBM, iPlanet/Sun and BEA Systems, before selecting WebLogic. The competing products were assessed on throughput performance testing and compliance with the J2EE standard.

The first initiative using WebLogic Server will be the update of FT.com's OpenMarket/Future Tense publishing system. The combined feature function of BEA WebLogic and OM Future will support FT.com in meeting the growing demand for personalised and premium web content. A 50% improvement in the performance of the publishing systems is anticipated through the introduction of BEA WebLogic Server.

FT.com began an infrastructure change programme in April 2001 that was designed to create a highly flexible and scaleable platform for the future expansion and innovation of the business. The adoption of a standards based application server centric approach to software architecture was a key feature of this program.

"Our previous environment just did not provide the performance and flexibility that we required," said Ian Cohen, chief technology office, FT.com. "The BEA WebLogic Server will allow us to create a seamless link between our publishing system and a variety of new services and distribution channels. It also delivers a significant performance improvement over our current publishing environment that will greatly improve editorial effectiveness."

"The selection of BEA WebLogic Server based on J2EE opens up a range of possibilities for the deployment and development of new solutions, which could not be matched by the other vendors that we considered," continued Cohen. "This means that FT.com will be able to adapt more quickly to its changing business environment by creating a variety of new personalised premium offerings. The solution also provides a high performance and mature e-business platform for the extension of the FT brand into new markets."

FT.com has 2.4 million unique users and receives 43.5 million page views per month. The site is the largest online business and news site in Europe, according to ABCe, media analysts.

The back end processing functions of FT.com are run on new Sun E10k Unix servers facilitating an Oracle database environment. The data centre also operates an EMC Storage Area Network that links with the Financial Times Newspaper system to enhance business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities.


About FT.com

FT.com (http://www.ft.com) is the world's leading business information portal, and the Internet partner of the Financial Times. It combines agenda-setting editorial content with comment and analysis, relevant financial data, discussion groups, unique dossiers on key business people and a range of tools to search the web, manage a working day and seek out leisure opportunities. FT.com's 2.4 million unique monthly users generate 43.5 million monthly page views, delivering a premium audience to advertisers.

About BEA

BEA Systems, Inc. is one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies, with more than 11,800 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 system 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 96 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 559536
lwateren@bea.com

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



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