SOURCE: Comergent Technologies, Inc.

June 09, 2005 13:10 ET

Comergent Applauds BEA Service Infrastructure Product Strategy

Service Infrastructure Designed to Help Move Customers' Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) Efforts From Pilot to Production

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 9, 2005 -- Comergent Technologies®, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise e-commerce solutions, today announced its support for a new Service Infrastructure product strategy introduced by BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS). Developed to help increase business agility and reduce IT cost and complexity, the Service Infrastructure products from BEA are designed to help companies manage the service-oriented architecture (SOA) life-cycle and swiftly assemble composite applications and processes in heterogeneous environments. The BEA Service Infrastructure product family is designed to help companies make the transition from pilot to full enterprisewide production of their SOA.

SOA is a software design approach that takes the discrete business functions contained in enterprise applications and organizes them into interoperable, standards-based services. These services can then be combined and reused in composite applications and processes to help meet business needs. Service infrastructure is a new category of enterprise software designed to help enable the successful deployment of SOA in business environments by allowing services to be discovered, secured, managed, and assembled into composite applications and processes -- regardless of the underlying technology.

"Comergent has been working with BEA since 2003 to help BEA customers and partners quickly and seamlessly integrate enterprise e-commerce capabilities into their BEA environments," said Matt Kilguss, vice president of business development for Comergent. "BEA's service infrastructure strategy is in complete alignment with our long-standing belief in the business benefits to customers of service-oriented architectures and modular software design."

Comergent's SOA is currently in its third generation with many successful e-commerce implementations at Global 2000 companies. The flexibility of Comergent's architecture is one reason that 90 percent of Comergent customers return and implement follow-on projects.

"Our alliance with Comergent is part of an initiative designed to continually help customers manage SOA-based environments and improve business agility and efficiency," said Gail Ennis, vice president of Worldwide Alliances for BEA Systems, Inc. "With its solutions, Comergent brings an in-depth understanding of e-commerce processes that can deliver the business returns SOAs are designed to enable."

Service Infrastructure Can Help Move SOA from Pilot to Production

Customers gravitate to SOA's modularity and flexibility, which is designed to help them mix and match IT resources in a "virtual" infrastructure that is integrated, while not being locked into a single vendor's IT stack. SOA also reflects a move from thinking about IT in an "application" context to thinking about IT as a "services" delivery business -- helping to enable IT departments to create, assemble and deliver new services more quickly for use by employees, customers, partners, and suppliers. As a new approach to enterprise IT implementation and application development, SOA can break down business applications and features into "services" -- specific pieces of functionality -- which can be efficiently built, combined, adapted, and reused.

Most customers to date are using their application infrastructure software (application servers, integration servers, development tools, and portal software) to build and deploy their early SOA projects. As SOA moves from pilot to production, companies have found that they need new infrastructure that is designed to help them to quickly compose, deliver, configure, and manage these services. Customers typically encounter this once they have built and deployed more than 50 services, which can result in a "services sprawl" that requires constant integration and can be difficult to scale. They also need new composition tools that work like an "assembly line" for building cars, in addition to traditional coding tools they used for "building car parts." Service infrastructure is a new category of enterprise software designed to help enable businesses to compose, configure, and reuse technology assets to meet business needs in a more assembly-line model.

Building on Success -- Comergent and BEA

Comergent and BEA are working together to provide customers -- such as Symbol Technologies and World Wide Technology -- with a seamless integration of infrastructure software solutions designed to help customers to run their businesses more efficiently.

About Comergent

Comergent is a leading provider of enterprise e-commerce software solutions. The Comergent E-Business System™ automates and optimizes a corporation's selling and ordering processes, thereby increasing its revenue and profit, enhancing customer loyalty, and improving visibility into sales processes and channels. With patents pending, Comergent pioneered the concept of a single e-commerce system to address all products, customers, channels, and selling processes. The first company to bring to market truly collaborative e-commerce, Comergent was an early proponent of the service-oriented architecture. The Comergent E-Business System deploys rapidly with minimal customization and provides excellent returns on investment. Customers include industry leaders like Cisco Systems, DuPont, Gates Corporation, GE Access Distribution, InterContinental Hotels Group, J. C. Penney Company, NEC Solutions America, Nissan Motor Co., Pitney Bowes, Stanley Works, and The Toro Company. Comergent is privately held with headquarters in Redwood City, Calif. For more information, visit www.comergent.com.

Comergent and the Comergent logo are registered trademarks of Comergent Technologies, Inc. Comergent E-Business System is a trademark of Comergent Technologies, Inc. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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    Joanne Kisling
    Comergent Technologies, Inc.
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