BEA Systems, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Compoze Software, Inc., a privately held company based in Wayne, PA. Compoze Software technologies, which are already integrated and will be sold in conjunction with BEA WebLogic Portal, offer portal customers direct, seamless integration of e-mail, calendaring and task list functionality from Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes. Compoze Software also enables portal customers to easily integrate Instant Messaging applications from Yahoo!, Lotus Sametime and Microsoft Live Communication Server, as well as the ability to incorporate threaded discussions and group "white-boarding" to any portal. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"Customers have told us that integrating groupware and instant messaging applications into their portal applications makes it easier for their knowledge workers to share information and collaborate with each other, without having to leave the portal," said Mark Carges, chief technology officer, BEA Systems, Inc. "This integration helps improve user productivity and cut IT costs by eliminating the need for a separate Web client for e-mail and calendaring thus reducing Web sprawl."

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