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BEA to take over Plumtree portals

Antony Savvas

BEA Systems is to acquire Plumtree Software for around $200m (£117.6m) to improve its portal technology offering to customers.

Plumtree Software provides enterprise portal solutions to connect disparate work groups, IT systems and business processes.

Its portfolio features cross-platform portal software that runs on both the J2EE and Microsoft .Net web services platforms, something that BEA was particularly interested in.

BEA said that by combining its portal portfolio with Plumtree’s, it will be able to better provide customers with improved enterprise productivity, through offering both collaborative and transactional portals across multiple platforms and application servers.

“The portal is becoming the major point of integration in the enterprise,” said Alfred Chuang, BEA chief executive officer.

"The acquisition will make BEA the leading provider of the most open, extensible and standards-based J2EE, .Net and service-oriented platform in the industry,” he said.

David Mitchell, an analyst at Ovum, said BEA is entering an important phase of its history with two main challenges ahead.

“The first priority should be an unrelenting focus on sales execution and competing against IBM and Oracle, together with a push against JBoss.

“The second priority should be to develop a clearer position on its future product lines, their content and timing. We do not see the addition of Plumtree to the portfolio as addressing either of these challenges directly,” said Mitchell.

Plumtree’s customers include Airbus, Ford, Pratt & Whitney, Starbucks and the US Navy.


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