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New BEA Adapters and Portlets Boost Productivity, Lower Costs

New BEA Adapters and Portlets Boost Productivity, Lower Costs

(August 28, 2002) - To lower the cost of connecting enterprise applications, systems and its users, BEA Systems, Inc. will make available 30 new BEA-branded integration adapters for BEA WebLogic Integration? at the end of August, complementing more than 20 new portlets for BEA WebLogic Portal?, currently available from the BEA Portal Solution Center. This initiative will help customers achieve lower integration costs as they increase enterprise agility and accelerate business transaction flow and decision processes.

Increasingly customers are combining integration software, such as adapters and business process management, with portals and custom applications to allow broad sets of users to act on information within the context of their unique roles and interact with multiple back-end systems as if they were one. Traditional integration adapters have hampered this progress due to their high costs, complexity, and proprietary nature. But with standards, such as the J2EE Connector Architecture and Web services, the cost and complexity of application integration projects has been dramatically lowered, allowing customers to receive more comprehensive integration solutions at a better value. Combined with BEA's enhancements to the J2EE Connector Architecture standard, support for Web services, business process management, and business-to-business integration, BEA WebLogic Integration offers a broad enterprise integration solution on a single platform.

"BEA's new adapters provide the connections that enable systems to talk to each other, while the new portlets give them something to talk about," said Rick Jackson, vice president of product marketing, BEA Systems.

With the new adapters, BEA now offers more than 150 integration adapters. They provide a reliable, two-way dialog between applications, and map information to a standard format that can be used elsewhere - yielding a simpler, more efficient, and more valuable solution. BEA's adapters fall into four categories:

  • Application adapters for enterprise applications such as SAP R/3, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Oracle Applications, JD Edwards, and more;
  • Adapters for industry-specific compliance such as HIPAA, FIX, SWIFT and others;
  • Utility adapters for frequently accessed technologies such as RDBMS, SMTP, FTP, HTTP, and more; and
  • Technology adapters for legacy environments including mainframes, message queuing systems, EDI, and others.
The new portlets help speed time-to-market and boost productivity for customers by increasing employee and partner collaboration. More than 140 portlets from 44 vendors in areas such as analytics, collaboration, content syndication, search, and Web services are now available from the BEA Portal Solution Center(http://portalsolutions.bea.com). Of note are new portlets from Compoze Software and Venetica, available at no charge to qualified BEA WebLogic Portal 7.0 customers. Venetica's Content Provider for BEA WebLogic Portal includes a set of portlets designed to allow greater collaboration and integration with content stored on Windows-based file servers. Compoze Software's whiteboard and chat portlets provide real-time visual communication and collaboration

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