Continuing in its rich tradition of improving developer productivity, BEA Systems, Inc., a leading application infrastructure software company, introduced new technologies and resources designed to help developers more easily and affordably build service-based applications and service-oriented architectures (SOAs).

The new tools and portals are designed to help developers reduce development costs and save time as they build SOAs that lay the foundation for Liquid Computing - BEA's vision for aligning every business interaction with real-time business goals to help companies become service-driven enterprises and ultimately achieve enterprise compatibility, active adaptability and breakthrough productivity. Specifically, BEA is unveiling three key initiatives: an SOA Technology Center, the SOA Blueprints Initiative (SOABI) in conjunction with The Middleware Company, and BEA dev2devLive.

SOAs are a set of principles and practices for sharing, reusing and orchestrating business logic represented as services or components. After implementing SOAs, companies can experience greater re-use of IT assets, faster delivery of value to the business and greater adaptability to support ongoing change. While the concept of an SOA may have existed previously, adoption has been hindered by a lack of technologies and resources. BEA is working to fill that void with a series of products and services as well as new developer-oriented tools and resources.

SOA Technology Center

Located on BEA dev2dev, BEA's online resource for the developer community, the new SOA Technology Center offers developers a wealth of resources to help them efficiently build SOAs. Specifically, the SOA Technology Center includes best practices, guidelines, patterns, white papers, code samples, Webinars, interviews and demos that provide practical knowledge and application for implementing SOA-based applications using J2EE, open source and BEA innovations. The SOA Technology Center can be located at http://dev2dev.bea.com/technologies/soa/index.jsp

SOA Blueprints

In conjunction with The Middleware Company, one of the world's leading knowledge networks for middleware professionals, BEA Systems has created a set of blueprints for developing and implementing SOA-based applications. The initiative contains an open specification, third-party expert validation and implementations. The SOA Blueprints specification includes multiple real-world use cases, described in detail at both a functional and a behavioral level, designed to demonstrate how SOA can be applied to solving real-world issues. A description of the initiative and BEA's SOA Blueprints implementation can be found at the BEA SOA Technology Center http://dev2dev.bea.com/technologies/soa/index.jsp , and at The Middleware Company's research portal www.MiddlewareRESEARCH.com. "The Middleware Company and BEA are aligned in our goals to deliver the industry's best practices and resources for implementing business-altering IT trends like SOAs," said Tyler Jewell, chief operating officer, The Middleware Company. "Rather than creating a set of disconnected examples, as is the case in many discussions of service orientation, the use cases we crafted with BEA are more representative of complete business environments."

BEA dev2devLive

Also part of BEA dev2dev is the new BEA dev2devLive, which delivers free, 24x7 access to multidimensional education and training events on topics such as SOA and open source. BEA dev2devLive features interactive sessions, "how- to" presentations, step-by-step product demos, Q&A discussions and on-demand interviews led by some of the industry's top engineers. BEA dev2devLive can be found at http://dev2dev.bea.com/community/dev2devlive/index.jsp.

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