BEA Gears for SOA Launch

The company plans to usher in its latest software, which enables developers to program without manual coding.
BEA Systems' service-oriented architecture (SOA) plan will kick into overdrive this summer when the company unveils new software next month in New York City.

The new product line will build on the announcements the company made last year, wrapping together its WebLogic Network Gatekeeper software for authenticating network identity; Liquid Data XML integration software and QuickSilver Web services and business process management software.

Unlike previous software deployed under the company's popular WebLogic brand, the new products will help developers create composite applications that will work on disparate platforms without writing code.

This reusable asset approach is the keystone of SOA (define). SOAs are primed to employ software that provides application-to-application exchanges, or Web services (define).

The company has talked about its service infrastructure software suite in meetings with analysts and press. But now is the time to show progress. CEO Alfred Chuang, CTO Mark Carges and Chief Marketing Officer Marge Breya will shoot for that objective at the launch, analysts said.

ZapThink analyst Jason Bloomberg said the new software combines enterprise service bus (ESB) (define) technology for messaging and management capabilities to make sure disparate pieces of software work together in a single product.

The software will expand BEA's offerings in the SOA market as well as the composite application development platform market, Bloomberg said.

"By offering a product that focuses on service re-use and rapid composition, they are going about SOA the right way, and will give their competition a good run for their money," Bloomberg said.

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