Middleware company BEA will unveil a five-year roadmap for the evolution of its Weblogic platform into a service-oriented architecture in May.
Speaking to Computer Weekly last week, BEA executive vice president Tod Nielsen said, "Service-oriented architecture is ultimately where the industry needs to go."
He said it represented the next level of infrastructure for web services to support greater security and the utility model of computing. "Users want secure transactions," he said.
The deployment of web services had so far been held back by the inability to agree and implement security standards, he added. Nielsen said BEA planned to emulate some of the best practices in supporting a developer community that Microsoft achieved with its developer network.
Over the next 12 months BEA would develop products to simplify infrastructure management, Nielsen said.
Bola Rotiba, senior analyst at Ovum, said BEA's developer support would help developers to build applications based on its Weblogic platform.
However, she added, "BEA needs to look at how developers work in the real world. It is key that they are able to integrate BEA with other environments."