BEA works toward its services vision

BEA Systems, whose annual revenues have been mired in the US$1 billion range for several years, is forging ahead with efforts to grow through provision of application services infrastructure and SOA.

Toward this end, at press time the company said that on June 9 it was planning to herald Project Free Flow, so-called because it is intended to enable free flow of information across business processes, said Bill Roth, vice-president of product marketing at BEA and a former Sun Microsystems executive.

According to BEA, Project Free Flow features the company’s upcoming “QuickSilver” enterprise service bus as an intermediary for transforming and routing messages. Security and data integration components also are part of the Free Flow stack, provided by the WebLogic Enterprise Security and Liquid Data products, respectively.

“Free Flow is our product offering to help our customers make SOA real,” noted Roth. Free Flow is intended for customers with heterogeneous environments, as the product is able to unify software assets such as SAP and Microsoft .Net systems.

Due this summer, QuickSilver will route messages such as the sending of an order from a call centre to an order management system. It supports technologies such as Web services, FTP, CORBA, Java Message Service, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

BEA said it may rename all three products in Free Flow and offer the stack as a single package.

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