Enterprise software supplier BEA Systems has teamed up with management consultancy Accenture to streamline the management and creation of web portals for customers, employees and partners.
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BEA and Accenture will package BEA's WebLogic Platform with Accenture's skills in Java-based web services to create an "e-commerce and portal rationalisation" offering aimed at helping large businesses manage their web portals.
The services will help businesses reduce the cost and time required to implement and maintain their portals and related infrastructure, according to the companies.
"Our clients are under pressure to streamline their IT organisations, reduce costs and redeploy limited resources to projects of greatest business benefits," said John Stefanchik, a partner in Accenture's Technology Capability Group.
"Accenture is teaming with BEA to provide a portal rationalisation solution that can help to achieve these goals."
"The BEA mission is to drive that complexity out of the enterprise," said Robert Duffner, senior director of BEA WebLogic Portal. "Our relationship with Accenture supplies a deep understanding of alignment between IT strategy and business goals."
For BEA, bringing in Accenture will give it a services component it has never really had, said Nathaniel Palmer, an analyst with Delphi Group.
"BEA has traditionally not been a services company - they've sold to developers and architects," he said. "That's very different than IBM's strategy of [software] wrapped in services. What this does is make WebLogic and Accenture more competitive" against IBM's WebSphere.
Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld