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Convergence: The Unified Platform

Convergence: The Unified Platform

BEA eWorld 2003, BEA's annual technology conference, was held on March 2-5 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida - a spectacular all-in-one facility that boasted lush gardens and great meeting spaces.

BEA founder, chairman, and CEO Alfred Chuang kicked off the show on Monday morning in a cloud of smoke and laser lights addressing the more than 2,000 delegates on the conference theme - convergence: bringing together application development and application integration into one unified framework. He then went on to introduce BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1, which standardizes the application infrastructure platform so businesses can leverage their legacy systems and build the applications they need.

Chuang was followed by Carly Fiorina, chairman and CEO of HP, who talked about HP's partnership with BEA, saying it allowed the two companies to deliver solutions that built on each of their strengths. She also announced that HP is working with BEA to create a dedicated Web services management and deployment practice for J2EE solutions within HP's Services group. She talked about both HP and BEA as leaders in open standards, a commitment that separates them from many of their competitors.

Following the opening keynotes, the conference delegates attended a wide array of technical sessions on all of the new features of WebLogic Platform 8.1, including classes on process integration; Web services; integrated portals; integrated development strategies; performance, scalability, and security; and standards (as Carly Fiorina said, BEA is a leader in its commitment to open standards) - all of the issues addressed in the new platform.

On the busy exhibit floor, show sponsors Intel, HP, Documentum, Borland, Accenture, Hyperion, Sun Microsystems, Siebel, Hyperion, and close to 100 more companes were available to talk about what they can provide to BEA users and those looking to implement applications on the leading app server platform.

WebLogic Developer's Journal, a media sponsor, not only had a booth featuring the March issue - which included all of the details on the latest release as well as commentaries and technical pieces from some of BEA's partners - but also brought along the popular SYS-CON radio to provide interviews with the leaders of some of BEA's partners as well as with company executives. (The interviews are available online at www.sys-con.com/weblogic.)

On Tuesday morning, Olivier Helleboid, president of BEA's Products Organization, kicked off the morning's events with a keynote address on BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1. In just one year, BEA has delivered an integrated application infrastructure platform that provides a common runtime for J2EE applications, integration initiatives, and portal projects. In the new release, WebLogic Workshop 8.1 plays a leading role. WebLogic Workshop 8.1 allows different kinds of developers, including architects, database developers, J2EE developers, portal developers, and to work in the same environment. New applications will run on improved versions of all of BEA's server-based products, including WebLogic Server, Tuxedo, WebLogic Integration, Liquid Data for WebLogic, and WebLogic Portal.

Helleboid was followed by John Davies, vice president of Intel Architecture Group and director of its Solutions Market Development Group. Davies also talked about the conference theme - Convergence - and said Intel is looking at hardware convergence - the meeting of computing and communications.

There were also several technical keynotes. On Monday Adam Bosworth, BEA chief architect and senior VP, Advanced Development, talked about BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1, and its creation of an environment where the system programmers, application developers, and business users can work together, sharing the same code. Tuesday afternoon, BEA CTO Scott Dietzen looked at Web 2.0, and talked about some of the best practices that will get the most out of Web services-based applications. Scott returned to the podium the next day to build on what he said on Tuesday with an overview of some of the standards that he believes will enable his idea of Web 2.0.

Once again, the exhibit floor was busy with delegates looking at everything to meet their development needs, especially for the new release. In talking with some of the exhibitors, WLDJ found that they thought the show was a total success and were very happy with the contacts they made. They all plan to be back again next year - BEA eWorld 2004 will be held in San Francisco May 25-28.

The Little Extras
This year, BEA offered a wireless hub to its attendees. A beanbag chair - furnished area was provided near the conference sessions so delegates could check their e-mail and surf the Web without plugging in. And a comfortable seating area was also available on the exhibit floor for the same purpose.

Three BEA leaders - CEO Alfred Chuang, CTO Scott Dietzen, and Chief Architect Adam Bosworth - were immortalized as bobblehead dolls that were given out to all of the attendees.

On Tuesday night, eWorld delegates went to the Convergence Party at Universal Studios. They rode on one of the world's fastest roller coasters, danced with superheroes, and filled the video arcade at Marvel Super Hero Island.

In all, another successful conference, packed with information, education, and products. WLDJ looks forward to seeing you all at BEA eWorld 2004!

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