BEA Announces AquaLogic Data Services Platform 2.5;Service-Enabling Data for Easier Access
BEA Enters OEM Agreement with StrikeIron to Enable Front Office to Back Office Integration, Bring Live Data to Business Users via Microsoft Excel
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Sept. 19, 2006 - San Francisco - BEAWORLD 2006 - BEA Systems, Inc., a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced the release of AquaLogic Data Services Platform (ALDSP) 2.5, which provides a virtual, unified view of data regardless of its type or location within the enterprise. BEA also announced a strategic OEM relationship with StrikeIron, Inc., the provider of the largest marketplace of externally available plug-and-play Web services. The company is collaborating with StrikeIron to incorporate their OnDemand Web Services for Microsoft Excel product into the latest version of ALDSP, in order to facilitate the integration of backend data with the front office user.
"Up to 70 percent of application development time can be spent accessing disparate data. As a result, data should be one of the first things to be service-enabled using a Service-Oriented Architecture approach. As companies decouple or abstract their data from applications and the data source in SOAs, they need to be able to ensure compliance and control over the data more than ever before," said Paul Patrick, vice president and chief architect for AquaLogic, BEA Systems, Inc. "ALDSP 2.5 service-enables and aggregates data that traditionally has been locked in disparate silos across the enterprise. It's the live data engine powering the service-driven enterprise."
ALDSP is a key product within the AquaLogic product family, which is part of the BEA SOA 3600 platform. Announced today at BEAWorld 2006, the BEA SOA 3600 platform is designed to deliver the industry's most unified SOA platform and spans all three of BEA's product families, AquaLogic, WebLogic, Tuxedo and the company's newest product initiative, BEA Workspace 3600. (See Sept. 19, 2006, press release titled, "BEA Announces SOA 360o; Industry's Most Unified SOA Platform to Transform and Optimize Business.")
Data delivery through SOA offers today's best and most reliable solution to many of the typical obstacles, such as diverse data source types, decentralized information repositories and various technology limitations. ALDSP represents a new paradigm for data access and management in the enterprise, through delivery of information as a service to people, processes and applications. BEA ALDSP 2.5 offers fast-path integration with other critical service infrastructure platform products, such AquaLogic Service Bus, helping to enable companies to fully realize the benefits of a full SOA implementation. In addition, this latest version is designed to deliver greater flexibility to support Web services and reporting tools with a bilingual engine to both XQuery and, now, SQL.
"Traditional data integration methods are costly in terms of time and resources and typically results in data that becomes quickly outdated," said Bob Brauer, chief executive officer and president, StrikeIron. "The ALDSP Excel capability helps put a face on the BEA SOA solution, empowering business users to access real-time data across the enterprise in an environment that they are already familiar with and without any programming. This also frees up IT resources and support requirements so they can be re-allocated to business critical efforts. Solutions like these can have a tremendous effect on the bottom line."
Latest Release Delivers Data Access and Productivity
New features in BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform 2.5 include:
ALDSP 2.5 is available today. For more information, visit bea.com/aqualogic or see the product in action at BEAWorld. Register today at bea.com/beaworld.
BEAWorld is the premier event for SOA thought leadership and is taking place in three strategic world markets spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia. The conference is designed to provide critical insights, hands on instruction, best practice strategies and opportunities for interaction with like-minded professionals, industry leaders, visionaries and expert practitioners.
In addition to working to help make SOA a successful reality, BEAWorld is the place to find the latest information on BEA's infrastructure technologies including BEA Tuxedo®, BEA WebLogic, BEA AquaLogic, and BEA SOA 3600. This year's show will also include a Partner Showcase, highlighting the latest and most innovative developments from the extensive BEA partner community.
The first of three planned worldwide events is scheduled to begin today, Sept. 19 at the Moscone Convention Center North in San Francisco. Two additional events are scheduled in the following cities: Prague (Oct. 11-12) and Beijing (Dec. 13-14). Visit bea.com/beaworld to register today. For sponsorship information, please visit bea.com/beaworld/sponsors/.
BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software. BEA's SOA 360o platform is the industry's most unified SOA platform for business transformation and optimization, in order to improve cost structures and grow new revenue streams. Information about how BEA is enabling customers to achieve Business LiquidITyTM can be found at bea.com.