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BEA unveils portal tools

It plans to fold Microsoft apps into its own portals

By Heather Havenstein
April 3, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - BEA Systems Inc. unveiled two tool sets today that are designed to allow users to fold Microsoft Corp. applications into BEA portals.

Its new AquaLogic Interaction SharePoint Console is a set of tools for users of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services to discover and connect to those services within BEA’s AquaLogic portals, said Shane Pearson, BEA vice president of marketing and product manager. Enterprises using SharePoint Services for collaboration and content management can continue to do so, and the BEA tool will manage that information as it is updated, he said.

“This is something that provides a cost-effective alternative to people who are using Windows SharePoint Services and want to bring them into a broader set of use cases ... in an AquaLogic environment,” Pearson said. “The portal is a way to provide this unified way for their employees to do their day-to-day work and access their personal productivity tools and their enterprise information systems.”

A typical use for the tools would be in an employee portal, if a company wanted to add access to ERP or other back-end applications to knowledge management and collaboration applications in the portal.

Today, companies need to do the integration themselves or commit to an all-Microsoft environment, Pearson said.

The console began shipping last week.

The BEA Portal .Net Application Accelerator, which is scheduled to begin shipping midyear, will allow users to incorporate .Net applications into BEA’s AquaLogic Interaction or WebLogic Portal frameworks. It includes new support for ASP.Net 2.0, Visual Studio 2005 and the Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) protocol. WSRP is a standard used by Web portals to access and display reusable Web components called portlets that are hosted on a remote server.

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