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Executives from BEA Systems Inc. recently outlined three primary areas of focus for the company’s future products: security, application-level management and process-oriented programming. Alfred Chuang, CEO of the San Jose, Calif.-based software maker, also said his company is building a security server that will be sold as a separate product and can be used in any environment.

In the meantime, the company has an enhanced security framework that will span all of the products in its upcoming WebLogic Platform 8.1 – including the application, portal and integration servers. The application server is due to ship this spring, with the full platform due out this summer. The security framework is what BEA added on top of its support for all of Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.3 specifications for security so that security managers can change policies and user roles without having to call on a developer to write code, Jackson said.

HP creates new Web services unit

Hewlett-Packard Co. is realigning its corporate structure to help push Web services within the organization and the industry, said Carly Fiorina, chairman and chief executive officer at HP, during a speech at an industry conference.

Fiorina announced the formation of a Web Services Management team at HP that will oversee the company’s work with both J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) applications and Microsoft Corp.’s .Net-based software. One of the major goals for the new group will be making sure HP’s OpenView management software works well with J2EE and .Net software from various vendors, Fiorina said, speaking at BEA Systems Inc.’s eWorld conference in Orlando. There are two large Web services camps made up of J2EE backers and .Net advocates. HP has conveniently aligned itself with both groups and wants to make it possible for both J2EE-based applications and .Net-based applications to work together, Fiorina said. The company shelved much of its own Internet infrastructure software or middleware last year, deciding that partnerships with BEA and Microsoft would be a better way to go.