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NewsForge: Commentary: BEA a Little Late to the Open Source Party

May 22, 2004, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Preimesberger)

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"According to all the market research firms, BEA Systems has been a leader in the proprietary enterprise application server business for quite some time. In fact, it held the top sales spot in the Java application server market with its WebLogic product line over IBM and Oracle for several years, owning from 25 to 35 percent of the market. Customers say products and services from BEA are good and reliable--albeit a bit pricey. So why is it suddenly giving away its Workshop toolset code?

"The conventional thinking is suddenly changing at BEA. The San Jose, Calif.-based company was never known for being very involved in open source. So it was a bit surprising when the news came out Wednesday that BEA Systems has announced plans to begin an open-source initiative called Beehive Project, something the company calls 'the industry's first easy-to-use, open source foundation for building service-oriented architecture (SOA) and enterprise Java-based applications...'"

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