BEA Systems has lost an important research and development engineer to search engine giant Google.
Adam Bosworth, BEA's chief architect and senior vice-president of advanced development, has moved to Google and ended his employment at BEA.
"He held a senior engineering role that contributed to the technical directions of the company," the spokeswoman said, adding that Bosworth had lately been focusing on BEA's WebLogic Workshop Java development environment.
A Google spokesman confirmed that the search engine company had hired Bosworth.
"Adam will be joining Google in a senior engineering role," he said.
Bosworth played an important role in BEA's application development tools segment and was a valuable employee, but his departure is not a huge loss for BEA, nor is it something that should make BEA clients concerned, said Shawn Willett, a Current Analysis analyst.
"I don't think it's a huge deal for BEA at this point, unless there's an exodus," Willett said. "Not to diminish Bosworth in any way - he's very smart and a tech visionary - but nobody is indispensable in these companies."
Willett also pointed out that BEA has recently hired employees from companies such as Tibco Software and WebMethods.
BEA has not said whether Bosworth will be replaced.
Bosworth arrived at BEA in 2001 when it bought Crossgain, a company he co-founded, according to a biographical sketch of him on BEA's website. Prior to founding Crossgain, Bosworth worked at Microsoft as a senior manager, and managed Microsoft's XML program between 1997 and 1999.
Juan Carlos Perez writes for IDG News Service