BEA Systems previews software suite for B2B e-market collaboration

Defines e-market infrastructure for rapidly creating dynamic, integrated trading communities on the webSingapore, 25 April 2000 - BEA Systems (Nasdaq: BEAS) todaypreviewed its new collaboration architecture (code-named "Project E-Collaborate") that enables multiplebusinesses to rapidly create and participate in dynamically linked trading communities. BEA calls this new capabilityE-Market Integration (EMI).

Defines e-market infrastructure for rapidly creating dynamic, integrated trading communities on the web

Singapore, 25 April 2000 - BEA Systems (Nasdaq: BEAS) today previewed its new collaboration architecture (code-named "Project E-Collaborate") that enables multiple businesses to rapidly create and participate in dynamically linked trading communities. BEA calls this new capability E-Market Integration (EMI).

The solution is based on J2EE and XML standards and the BEA WebLogic ServerT.

"Today's competitive environment requires businesses to constantly increase their reach into new markets, with new partners and customers" said Julian Quinn, managing director, Southeast Asia for BEA Systems. "The current state of 'B2B' integration is all about time-consuming process mapping between one business and another - not about creating new markets, collaboration models, or first-mover advantage. BEA's 'Project E-Collaborate' is designed to allow companies to quickly build micro-markets on the Web, integrate their supply chains, and meet the demands of the e-generation for immediate product access, rich information and ever-improving self service," he added.

According to Daniel Sholler, program director of META Group's Application Delivery Strategies, "The e-market space is a key category for business growth and viability. Leading solutions, like BEA's, must include a robust transaction infrastructure, XML translation and back end integration capabilities."

BEA "Project E-Collaborate" is designed to deliver support for numerous business interaction models - system-to-system, system-to-person, and person-to-person. Project E-Collaborate is also designed to manage a full spectrum of trading relationships, from long-standing and structured interactions to dynamic "lighter weight" relationships that may last for only a single trading session.
"Project E-Collaborate" is also designed to integrate with e-market participants' back-end systems through interoperability with the BEA eLink Integration Server.

BEA's EMI architecture will allow e-markets to be set up rapidly. Each e-market has a specified "owner," who establishes business processes, buying/selling models (bid, fixed price, auction, etc.) and specific XML vocabularies, such as BizTalk, RosettaNet or other industry schemas, that will be supported in one or more e-markets. Owners grant and provide access to e-market participants via secure, light weight collaboration keys that can be downloaded from the Web. The owner can establish a transaction, subscription or commission fee structure, and charge participants based on a particular business model for trading or collaboration activities within the e-market.

The BEA EMI architecture specifies trader privileges based on the role they play in a given e-market (e.g., buyer, seller, shipper, etc.). BEA's "Project E-Collaborate" provides flexible support for adding or deleting trading partners, modifying business models or roles, and changing XML schema vocabularies. The infrastructure supports numerous vocabularies and collaborators, who have visibility to market policies, processes and participants through their trading portals provided by BEA software. These portals can provide information from multiple product catalogs and price lists, as well as send or receive messages through multiple device protocols, including e-mail, fax, and WAP for wireless e-market access.

E-markets created using the BEA EMI architecture are managed through an intelligent administrative portal, which logs trading partner activities, financial transactions, and allows for fees to be charged to each participant. E-markets created by "Project E-Collaborate" leverage industry standard HTTPS security protocols as well as a variety of encryption and certificate-based authorization mechanisms.

"BEA's 'Project E-Collaborate' is a significant addition to our end-to-end E-Commerce Transaction PlatformT, as well as a break-through approach to how businesses integrate to create and manage dynamic new marketplaces on the Internet," Quinn. "E-business today has only really scratched the surface of what is possible as traditional market boundaries fall away. The key to success in the new 'Internet world order' lies in being able to share rich information, form dynamic partnerships, and then make deals in real-time to satisfy the e-generation's unrelenting demands for improved value and self-service. BEA's 'Project E-Collaborate' will set the bar on B2B integration as we know it today," he added.

BEA "Project E-Collaborate" takes full advantage of the proven reliability and scalability of BEA WebLogic Server, interoperates with BEA eLink to seamlessly integrate e-market transactions with trading companies' back-end systems, and can be fully customized to reflect both owners' and traders' preferences using BEA WebLogic Commerce Server personalization components.

About BEA Systems
BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) powers many of the world's most innovative companies that serve the "e-generation," companies such as, Federal Express, E*Trade, United Airlines, DIRECTV, Qwest, Nokia, and Kaiser-Permanente.

The award-winning BEA E-Commerce Transaction Platform, coupled with BEA consulting, education, and support services, helps companies launch e-commerce initiatives quickly. BEA solutions help companies of all sizes build e-commerce infrastructures that leverage existing investments and provide the foundation for running a successful integrated e-business for the e-generation.