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M7 acquisition moves BEA further down open-source route

BEA Systems has acquired open-source applications tools developer M7.

BEA recently joined the Eclipse Foundation, the Java-based tools organisation which promotes open development standards among members.

M7 sells Eclipse-compliant NitroX developer tools for web applications; and BEA is already trying to make its own Workshop Java development tools work within Eclipse standards.

Mark Carges, BEA chief technology officer, said the acquisition would help developers “mix and match the best components and deployment platforms”.

The acquisition price of M7 has not been disclosed.

BEA recently announced the $200m (£118m) acquisition of portal solutions supplier Plumtree.


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