Having announced an extension to a partnership with Compuware Corp in recent days, BEA Systems Inc has announced a global alliance with Oki Electric Industry Co Ltd, to develop a new converged business applications and communications platform.
The companies said the platform would combine Oki Electric’s Internet Protocol (IP) communications technology with BEA WebLogic Server 8.1. As part of the agreement, BEA and Oki Electric plan to co-operate on joint sales and marketing activities for a new business applications platform.
Oki Electric’s IP communications technologies include the likes of voice over IP (VoIP) and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), which will be integrated with BEA’s application infrastructure software. Oki Electric plans to develop the SIP module on BEA WebLogic Server 8.1 in the first quarter of 2004.
The companies said the work is designed to make it easier for customers to integrate enterprise applications and communications technologies in order to offer new communications services. For example, customers could be able to communicate with business and personal associates using various IP communications methods, such as IP telephony, video conferencing, instant messaging and presence information.
For the Japanese market, Oki will sell a SIP module and software components along with BEA’s WebLogic Enterprise Platform to both enterprise customers and independent software vendors (ISVs). Oki Electric also said it intends to integrate this development work and BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform with its CenterStage AS platform applications server, combining voice communication and Web technologies.
BEA clearly hopes that this latest integration work as well as the recently-announced extension to an alliance with Compuware Corp will help to drive demand for BEA’s WebLogic application server, which analysts have said is now second in the market in terms of market share behind IBM Corp’s WebSphere.
This article is based on material originally produced by ComputerWire.