SOA Assessment Tool optimizes capabilities and services.

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BEA Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Readiness Self-Assessment provides web-based tool that quantitatively measures and benchmarks company's baseline for pursuing SOA as its IT strategy. Approach to application development breaks down business applications into services that can be combined and re-used. Consulting and educational service offerings provide users with practical roadmap, architecture design, and project-by-project implementations.

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BEA Expands Worldwide SOA Practice

New Capabilities Designed to Help Companies Realize Benefits of SOA Implementations

HONG KONG, Feb. 16 -- BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAS), the world's leading application infrastructure software company, today announced the expansion of its Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities and service offerings.

SOA is an approach to application development that breaks down business applications into "services" -- specific pieces of functionality -- which can be combined and re-used. This modular approach allows businesses to build applications that can provide more flexibility and efficiently be built, combined and re-used.

As part of this announcement, BEA is making available a Web-based tool that is designed to quantitatively measure and benchmark a company's baseline for pursuing SOA as its IT strategy. Called the "The BEA Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Readiness Self-Assessment," the instrument reflects the BEA SOA Practice methodology and is designed to provide IT maturity comparisons against similar companies within key domains. Further, the company announced that it has expanded its SOA Practice to include new consulting and educational service offerings. The expanded service offerings are designed to provide customers with a practical roadmap, architecture design, and project-by-project implementations.

"Ninety percent of IT managers who have taken the BEA SOA Readiness Self-Assessment state SOA is of high business value, but less than half rate of their organization's proficiency in SOA is high," said Bruce Graham, Vice President Worldwide Professional Services, BEA Systems. "The benefits of SOA can be realized by IT organizations today-re-usability, adaptability, and faster execution. Through use of its practical methodology focused on empowering customers, BEA's SOA practice has a proven track record of helping customers to realize these benefits."

SOA Readiness Self-Assessment -- A Practical Approach to Understanding SOA The new SOA Readiness Self-Assessment is designed to help IT managers organize the components of SOA adoption, benchmark against peers and determine how to most effectively work towards a more adaptable IT design and infrastructure. The tool is based on the BEA SOA Domain Methodology, which highlights six key areas of SOA, to help customers plan and implement an effective SOA strategy. To date, more than 500 accounts worldwide have used the tool in six different languages. Results are presented in a customized report organized to provide practical suggestions on improving SOA maturity for each of the six SOA domain areas:

-- Business Process & Strategy: Designed to measure the possible impact of SOA on a company's long-term strategy and near-term initiatives, and documents the problems that SOA is uniquely capable of solving.

-- Architecture: Designed to assess a company's overall map of all services layers and how these layers could interoperate to address issues such as manageability, availability and scalability.

-- Building Blocks: Designed to examine shared applications and data services as well as a company's overall relationship diagram of services.

-- Projects & Applications: Designed to identify opportunities for service-enabling legacy applications and determines how a company's current IT initiatives can serve as starting points for building out integration, application and data service layers.

-- Costs & Benefits: Designed to project estimated capital and expenses necessary to help construct and operate SOA layers, and to measure the advantages which may be gained by utilizing an SOA model, both for the business and for IT.

-- Organization & Governance: Designed to review IT roles and responsibilities within a company, including software development methodology, supporting tools, and ongoing operational processes to help ensure adherence to a reusable services development approach.

"We recently utilized BEA's SOA Readiness Self-Assessment Tool as a part of our Corporate Visit. The tool and the process by which the results were delivered were very helpful in focusing our thoughts and approach to SOA," said Grant Schofield, director, Platform Design and Build - Integration, British Telecom. "We continue to work with BEA as we drive forward our SOA initiative."

To view the BEA SOA Readiness Self-Assessment Tool please go to: .

The Newly Expanded BEA SOA Practice

BEA Services has a proven history of success working with customers to help design and implement their SOA initiatives. Because of increased customer demand, the practice has been expanded with an expanded offering of new services. These consulting and education services are designed to work with customers on their long-term plans and strategy, while helping to implement projects iteratively. The service offerings are designed to help enable customers through different stages of their initiative, from exploration to planning, to design and implementation.

About BEA

BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAS) is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, helping enable companies to improve business responsiveness through service-oriented architecture (SOA), a software design approach that more closely aligns IT with business objectives. With 15,000 customers worldwide including the majority of the Fortune Global 500, BEA and its WebLogic(R) and Tuxedo(R) brands are among the most trusted names in business technology.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 75 offices in 36 countries. More information on BEA products and services is available at .

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