BEA Systems Inc is today expected to launch its dedicated Business Process Modeling (BPM) suite for developers building Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs).
WebLogic Server Process Edition features the BPM designer and engine already a part of BEA WebLogic Integration but now sold separately for entry-level SOA work. Missing from WebLogic Server Process Edition are WebLogic Integration’s broker and adaptors.
WebLogic Server Process Edition is part of BEA’s SOA strategy, unveiled at the company’s recent eWorld conference, called Liquid Computing. BEA also announced WebLogic Server Process Edition at eWorld.
BEA told ComputerWire at eWorld it was taking an increasingly modular approach to WebLogic, selling products based on packaged WebLogic functionality targeting specific customer needs. This approach is designed so customers working on particular projects do not need to install the full Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platform.
Peter Linkin, BEA senior director of product marketing, said of WebLogic Server Process Edition: This is an early example of the kind of thing we can do, a great example of our ability to re-package.
The company’s decision to focus on BPM follows a year of increased activity from a number of vendors of all sizes in this particular sector of SOAs. BPM is a crowded market, and BEA has apparently decided to move quickly to seize the market opportunity, by breaking open an existing product and re-packaging the functionality.
WebLogic Server Process Edition is targeted at developers building SOA-enabled applications, which use web services interfaces like SOAP and WSDL, before they building a more complete SOA, product marketing manager Herain Oberoi said.
WebLogic Server Process Edition is priced $2,700 per CPU compared to $1,700 per CPU for WebLogic Integration. BEA said it is charging a premium because BPM is a core function of the integration server. The company believes customers save in the long-run because pure-play ISVs would charge more for their own BPM product, and customers would then incur additional expense having to buy a separate application server.