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BEA to Release E-Commerce Server

BEA Systems, Inc. (BEAS) earlier this week released BEA WebLogic Commerce Server 2.0, a commerce server that uses Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs) to build customer-driven businesses in Internet time.

BEA WebLogic Commerce Server is part of the BEA E-Commerce Transaction Platform. Using an out-of-the-box, fully J2EE-compliant framework, the product seeks to transform traditional companies into "e-generation" businesses, a statement issued by BEA Systems said.

E-generation businesses are those that enhance sales and profitability by creating customer-driven value chains. Such businesses are able to anticipate customers' needs and create value for their customers and partners. With BEA WebLogic Commerce Server, e-generation businesses can rapidly deploy adaptable applications that are highly responsive to the unrelenting demands of the more than 250 million businesses and consumers connected to the Internet.

BEA WebLogic Commerce Server is built on several customizable e-commerce building blocks. The building blocks perform e-commerce functions including online catalog, shopping carts, inventory management, order entry, order management, customer service, shipping, and sophisticated product recommendation. The product's component-based architecture enables the quick deployment of e-commerce solutions that can be easily modified and extended to create competitive advantage. BEA WebLogic Commerce Server also includes a sample commerce site template and tools.

BEA WebLogic Commerce Server is integrated with BEA WebLogic Server, a Java application server, which provides support for high transaction volumes and has a proven track record as the foundation of many of the world's most heavily trafficked e-commerce sites.

BEA WebLogic Commerce Server has a variety of customizable features designed to help enterprises build lasting profitable relationships with customers. Applications built on BEA WebLogic Commerce Server can be modified dynamically to respond to changing customer challenges and new market opportunities. Declarative rules can be applied to any business function, such as pricing, ordering or shipping, to dynamically change the behavior of an e-commerce application. Online product catalogs, for example, can specify pricing policies reflecting rules-based privileges or restrictions on a particular customer or group.

BEA WebLogic Commerce Server 2.0 is scheduled to be available for download in April on NT and Solaris. The list price is $40,000 per CPU and includes BEA WebLogic Server with clustering capability.