BEA Systems Has A Broad Vision For E-Business Infrastructures

BEA Systems Has A Broad Vision For E-Business Infrastructures
M. Reed - November 30, 2000

Event Summary

BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS), one of the largest enterprise application integration vendors, and BroadVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: BVSN) (Neuer Markt: BDN), a supplier of personalized e-business applications, announced a strategic alliance under which BroadVision has agreed to embed BEA WebLogic Server within BroadVision One-To-One Enterprise, BroadVision's e-business application platform.

"Our partnership with BEA is part of our ongoing commitment to deliver the most open and powerful e-business solutions," said Dr. Pehong Chen, president, chairman and CEO of BroadVision. "By combining BEA's web infrastructure expertise with BroadVision's long experience in self-service business applications, we are working to create the industry's most comprehensive e-business application platform." "BroadVision customers now have a clear path to future-proofing their B2B and B2C application portfolios," said Bill Coleman, founder, chairman and CEO of BEA Systems.

Market Impact

The two companies have agreed to engage in collaborative engineering and marketing initiatives. Together, the companies intend to supply next-generation e-business solutions that combine the market's leading Java-based application server with the leading e-business software applications. BEA and BroadVision will be able to leverage their large installed bases of customers, giving the customers a path to migrate to J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition). The two companies also believe that they can use their relationships with systems integrators worldwide to develop and sell repeatable solutions.

User Recommendations

Firms that have already embraced J2EE, Enterprise JavaBeans, JavaServer Pages, and servlets, should strongly consider the combined offering of BEA Systems and BroadVision. Those who have not yet considered switching their applications to Java should investigate the technology before committing; Java 2 is becoming very popular in the market for web applications. It is likely that leading vendors will accelerate the release of new products that depend on J2EE, so embracing the technology sooner rather than later may be a smart move.

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