BEA and Deloitte Form eBusiness Alliance

E-business infrastructure software maker BEA Systems, Inc. Wednesday says it has inked a global strategic alliance with Deloitte Consulting, which is part of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

Under the agreement, Deloitte Consulting plans to train all of its e-business technical staff on San Jose, Calif.-based BEA’s WebLogic E-Business Platform.

New York-based Deloitte is one of the best-known consulting firms and provides a variety of record keeping, account processing, data-management, information technology, management reporting, and business process review and reengineering services to clients in all market segments.

The two companies have already worked together using BEA software to develop several initiatives in the B2B sector. In the past, Deloitte used several large BEA-based solutions for major clients, including Longs Drugs, XO Interactive, and DIRECTV.

“We have a track record of successful deployments of solutions that are built and run on the BEA across all of our major industries, including telecommunications, government and consumer business,” says Deloitte Consulting CTO Michael DeBellis. Today’s strategic alliance enables us to build on these successes and to extend into new areas that take advantage of the expanded capabilities of the BEA e-business platform, such as enterprise portals.”

The alliance with Deloitte Consulting includes an agreement for both companies to engage in joint marketing and sales activities, and for Deloitte Consulting to demonstrate built-on-BEA solutions through its global network of Solution Centers.

The centers provide an platform for virtual project teams that can span multiple client, solution center, and business partner sites. These teams share development environments via the Internet using Virtual Private Networks (VPN). Virtual teams also collaborate using videoconferencing, e-mail, project portals, and collaboration tools. By using Solution Centers, stakeholders from multiple client sites can be involved in the project from start to finish without leaving their work environments.

BEA says its WebLogic E-Business Platform will come in handy here because it is a single platform with complete application management, portal, integration and Web Services capabilities. Plus it doesn’t hurt that it relies heavily on J2EE for its backbone.

“BEA is the clear market leader in the J2EE application server space,” says DeBellis.

This is just one of several major strategic alliances for Deloitte’s Consulting arm this year. The company also inked deals with full-service ASP/AIP Interpath, as well as BMC Software and Access360.

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