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.

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