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Oracle and BEA enterprise portal customers face ‘rocky ride’

Oracle and BEA enterprise portal customers "can expect a rocky ride" following the Oracle acquisition of BEA announced this week.

Oracle and BEA enterprise portal customers "can expect a rocky ride" following the Oracle acquisition of BEA announced this week.

Analyst CMS Watch says that some of the largest enterprise portal suppliers are experiencing the most change right now, and therefore software choices that currently appear conservative to customers might actually carry significant near-term risks.

BEA and Oracle customers in particular should expect to see major shifts pending this week's acquisition announcement, said CMS Watch, as four overlapping enterprise portal products will be competing for attention at the merged firm.

CMS Watch analyst Janus Boye said, "CIOs increasingly view enterprise portals as a key element in strategies ranging from SOA to Web 2.0, so they naturally seek to minimise product and supplier risk.

"However, procurement managers should understand that some of the biggest names in this business are undergoing substantial transformation, that will lead to shifting roadmaps and product sets over the next few years."

Boyce said Oracle had "leapfrogged" its longstanding Oracle Portal product with a quite new and lightly implemented Oracle WebCenter systems. It has now acquired BEA - itself supporting two different portal products, after cancelling plans to merge them into a single platform.

Upon concluding the take-over, Oracle will support four separate enterprise portal products that substantially overlap, said Boyce.

The portal changes at Oracle and BEA follow similar major portal changes at Sun, SAP and Microsoft, Boyce said.

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