BEA Rolls Out Web Services Strategy

From: Adam Rifkin (Adam@KnowNow.Com)
Date: Mon Feb 26 2001 - 15:30:42 PST

BEA joins Microsoft, Oracle, Sun, IBM, and Hewlett Packard in the
Web Services party...

BEA Rolls Out Web Services Strategy
by Jim Ericson, Line56
Monday, February 26, 2001

Infrastructure software provider BEA Systems today put some meat on the
bones of its WebLogic business platform with the announcement of
architecture that allows access to and interaction between business
functions over the Internet.

The Web services strategy offers its users improved access to quotes,
inventories, and orders. It also sounds the omnipresent buzzword of B2B
e-commerce: collaboration. The company says a variety of Web services
standards including Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI),
Business Transaction Protocol (BTP), and electronic business eXtensible
Markup Language (ebXML), will be used to allow companies to use Internet
collaboration to create multi-vendor products.

``E-businesses must continue to specialize themselves, focusing on their
core value-add, and as a result must grow increasingly interdependent on
other e-businesses that offer complementary value," says Bill Coleman, BEA
co-founder, chairman and CEO. "To date, the Web has mainly been about human
users and Web browsers, but Web Services will extend the Web platform with
standards that enable business applications to directly and automatically
interact with other business applications across the Internet."

Based on current BEA products, Web services architecture leverages existing
investments in Java, J2EE and e-business infrastructure. Yefim Natis, vice
president and research director of the Gartner Group, says the rollout is a
series of components, infrastructure and development tools, that rest on
existing technology. ``The quality of service offered by a Web Services
provider platform will depend on the maturity, scalability and integrity of
the underlying platform as much as on the maturity and functional richness
of the Web Services standards and protocols." Natis says companies with
established enterprise credibility (like BEA) will have a strong advantage
in the Web services architecture business.

The news emerged at the company's BEA eWorld 2001 conference in Dallas.


SAN FRANCISCO -- Kenamea, a developer of an Internet application communications platform, said it received an undisclosed strategic investment from Palm Ventures in the company's Series C round, which remains open. The company would not disclose other investors in the round. Kenamea said the investment would be used for the rollout of its finalized product in the second quarter of 2001 which is currently being beta-tested. Kenamea and Palm also said they are investigating the possibility of collaborative product offerings. In articulating the company's investment strategy, Palm said their investment is motivated by Kenamea's potential ability to increase the market for handheld devices. In June 2000, Kenamea closed its Series B round at $9.5 million led by Crosspoint Ventures, with participation from other individual investors, including John Landry, senior advisor to IBM and formerly CTO of Lotus. -- Venture Wire, February 2001

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