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WebLogic Portal v9.2 is a Java Enterprise Edition (JEE)-based enterprise portal server that simplifies production and management of custom service-oriented portals. BEA Workshop for WebLogic Platform v9.2 delivers standards-based development tool and optional programming model that helps IT deliver SOA services, simplify development, and leverage existing systems. BEA WebLogic Server v9.2 offers enterprise-grade functionality to keep applications up and running.



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BEA Announces WebLogic 9.2; Award-Winning Family Raises the Bar on SOA Enablement



BEA WebLogic 9.2 Designed to further Enhance Development Productivity and Minimize the Cost of IT Projects

Core News Facts: - BEA is announcing the general availability of WebLogic Portal 9.2, WebLogic Server 9.2 and BEA Workshop for WebLogic 9.2. - Latest product releases designed to further extend BEA WebLogic Server as the industry's top Java Enterprise Edition application infrastructure platform to build, blend and deploy service-enabled applications.

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 12 -- BEA Systems (NASDAQ:BEAS), a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced the general availability of WebLogic Portal 9.2, WebLogic Server 9.2 and BEA Workshop for WebLogic 9.2, further extending WebLogic as the industry's leading Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) application infrastructure platform to build, blend and deploy service-enabled applications. WebLogic Server is the number one application server in the world, according to a recent analyst market share report (See June 20, 2006, release titled "BEA Systems Seizes Top Spot in Application Servers Based on Total Software Revenue in 2005.")

"The BEA WebLogic product family continues to lead the market with excellent growth and innovation in the market," said Wai Wong, executive vice president, BEA Systems, Inc. "The new releases of WebLogic Portal, WebLogic Server and Workshop for WebLogic are designed to accelerate the service-driven enterprise by helping to enable IT to simplify and unify the development and deployment of enterprise assets. In particular, we're driving industry innovation with WebLogic Portal 9.2 by massively scaling our administration tools to meet large-scale application demands and improving flexibility for federated applications, helping enterprises further support Service-Oriented Architecture aggregation models and strengthen their enterprise architecture. As a result, BEA can help enterprises to rapidly evolve into a shared services environment so that they can deliver faster time-to-value, ultimately driving business value and competitive advantage."

Connecting People to Your Business

BEA WebLogic Portal 9.2 is a JEE-based enterprise portal server that is designed to help simplify the production and management of custom service- oriented portals. Among new tooling, federation and community enhancements in WebLogic Portal 9.2 are new dynamic, adaptive user interface capabilities with rich granular features such as enhancements for AJAX support and market- leading support for Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP). Combined, the upgraded portal is designed to provide greater competitive advantage with increased flexibility to help adapt to business changes and richer more responsive user interfaces.

The enhancements included in WebLogic Portal 9.2 are:
-- Standards-based portlet federation, based upon the WSRP standard, with support for syndication of portal books and pages, personalized delivery, performance optimization and service lifecycle governance.
-- A new community framework, as part of portal business services that is designed to simplify portal membership, management, and end user production of community portals.
-- Portal lifecycle management capabilities including the new release of BEA Workshop for WebLogic which provides an Eclipse-based development environment for Java, portal, Web, and service-oriented applications. Also, portal propagation is included to help simplify the IT management for moving portals through staging from development to production.
-- Upgrade wizards are designed to allow customers to upgrade the portal domain from 6.1, 7.0, 8.1 and WebLogic Portal 8.1.4 and 8.1.5 portal applications.

DataScan Technologies LLC, (www.datascantech.com) a subsidiary of World Omni Financial Corp. (WOFC) and a global leader in wholesale floor plan accounting and risk management systems and services, is currently re- engineering three FoxPro-based applications into a single Web-based portal application code named Falcon. Previously separate code bases, the new Falcon application will represent a consolidated code base leveraging a service-based architecture.

"Scheduled for release in 2007, Falcon will be available in both a hosted ASP model, serving multiple customers with different load and customization demands and non-ASP for in-house client implementations," said Sandy Woolley, vice president of Falcon Development, DataScan Technologies. "To support this effort we are leveraging BEA WebLogic as the standard architecture based upon the platform's unparalleled ability to help process and meet a large volume of unique, end-user requirements. We are excited about WebLogic 9.2, as we believe the new release will allow us to achieve higher levels of productivity, scalability and agility to meet the growing market demand for the next generation of our product."

SOA Development the Eclipse Way

BEA Workshop for WebLogic Platform 9.2 delivers a standards-based development tool and optional programming model that is designed to help IT deliver new SOA services, simplify development and more easily leverage existing systems. By blending and enhancing key open source technologies, Workshop for WebLogic also gives professional and procedural developers Eclipse tools designed to match their programming style. Version 9.2 includes the following enhancements:

-- Eclipse 3.1 tools for SOA components, Web Services, Web Applications, WebLogic Portal and JEE development
-- Upgrade wizards for customers to upgrade an 8.1 workshop domain and 8.1 workshop applications to Workshop for WebLogic

Accelerate Your SOA Initiatives

BEA WebLogic Server 9.2 is designed to offer enterprise-grade functionality to help keep applications up and running while helping to reducing costs associated with monitoring and managing production systems. By providing support for blended development models, customers can improve developer productivity by mixing standard Java EE development practices with some of the best open source frameworks available. Refinements included in WebLogic Server 9.2 are:

-- Zero downtime enhancements for the upgrade of individual WebLogic Server nodes in a cluster without needing to take an entire cluster off line
-- Hot swappable application deployment improvements to support web services, rich client applications and Web applications

The BEA WebLogic Product Family offers products and services that are designed to help companies to achieve faster time-to-value for critical business applications using open standards, web services and SOA. In addition to BEA WebLogic Server(R), the platform includes BEA WebLogic Portal(TM), BEA WebLogic Integration(TM), BEA Workshop(TM) and BEA JRockit(TM).

For more information on the BEA WebLogic Product Family please visit www.bea.com/weblogic.

About BEA

BEA Systems, Inc. is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software. BEA delivers the 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 LiquidITy(TM) can be found at www.bea.com.

NOTE: BEA, Tuxedo, WebLogic, and BEA WebLogic Server are registered trademarks and BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform, BEA WebLogic Integration, BEA WebLogic Portal, BEA WebLogic JRockit, BEA WebLogic Platform, BEA WebLogic Express, BEA WebLogic Workshop, BEA WebLogic Java Adapter for Mainframe, BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic, BEA eLink, Business LiquidITy and BEA WebLogic Enterprise Security are trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. All other company and product names may be the subject of intellectual property rights reserved by third parties.

CONTACT: Industry Analysts: Marissa Lee of BEA Systems, Inc., +1-415-399-7109 or mlee@bea.com; or bea.com/news

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