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    Thursday, October 04, 2007

    BEA to deliver business Web 2.0 apps

    http://www.zdnet.co.uk/misc/print/0,1000000169,39287639-39001068c,00.htm

    Wikis, RSS and mashups are the focus of software tools about to be released by the software company


    BEA Systems will ship in July a series of corporate search and collaboration products designed around web technologies.

    The three products — Aqualogic Pages, Aqualogic Pathways and Aqualogic Ensemble — will be aimed primarily at customers of BEA's portal products, but the company expects them to have broader appeal.

    Each will be sold individually, said Ajay Gandhi, director of emerging products for BEA's Business Interaction Division.

    The software company showed off early versions of the products at its customer conference last year and originally divulged plans for the product line back in 2005. The common theme of the three products is the application of web-based technologies, such as RSS feeds and bookmarking, for business collaboration.

    Aqualogic Pages is an enterprise wiki application that's designed to let business users combine different sources of structured information, such as RSS feeds, and share those web pages with others. The application lets people drop widgets onto web pages that collect information from the web and corporate data sources.

    Another product aimed at end users, rather than developers, is Aqualogic Pathways which is a tool for improving enterprise search using tags and bookmarking, Gandhi said. People can create automated feeds that combine corporate and internet information.

    Aqualogic Ensemble, which will be sold to web-application developers and IT professionals, is a platform for building mashups.

    Each of the products is designed so people can get to back-end business databases and applications using lightweight technologies. They also tie into corporate security systems and directories so IT people can control access to data, Gandhi said.

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