Enterprise software BEA targets end-users with composite tools

BEA is working on application development tools for non-technical staff. The aim is to enable business managers, human resources...

BEA is working on application development tools for non-technical staff. The aim is to enable business managers, human resources staff, functional analysts and security professionals to create applications without writing any code.

Due for release this summer, BEA said the tools will enable data to be shifted seamlessly between enterprise applications such as SAP, Oracle and Manugistics, and allow business users to rapidly create "composite" applications that extract data from different places across heterogeneous platforms.

The approach is based on a service-oriented architecture. It comprises Java-based products based partly on BEA's Weblogic family and partly on new technologies.

Andrew Dutton, BEA's senior vice-president EMEA, said BEA is trying to create "plug and play" for enterprise applications.

"For applications built on a BEA infrastructure, we are aiming to have more of a recognition of what is in the infrastructure, without having to code the interfaces between applications.

"We want to allow people with no real programming knowledge to be able to then define what information they extract using a standard, easy-to-use interface," he said.

Dutton added that BEA is working towards an environment where, for example, a user can load a human resources management module into their IT system and run and manage it in a simple way.

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