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BEA Leads New OASIS Technical Committee to Develop Open Industry Standards for Business Transaction Management

Sun Microsystems, Interwoven and Bowstreet Join OASIS Committee to Help Facilitate Deployment of Business-to-Business E-Marketplaces Worldwide

SAN JOSE, Calif. — January 31, 2001 — BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies, today announced that Sun Microsystems, Interwoven, Bowstreet and BEA have formed a Technical Committee on Business Transactions through the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). Sun Microsystems, Interwoven, Bowstreet and BEA are all current members of OASIS.

BEA has offered its Business Transaction Protocol (BTP) to accelerate the adoption of open industry standards and facilitate large-scale business-to-business (B2B) deployments worldwide. BTP is already delivered as a key enabling technology for BEA WebLogic Collaborate™ - B2B software for linking trading partners, integrating e-business processes, and building e-marketplaces - and is the basis for this standardization initiative. Officially recognized standards can support real-time collaborative commerce and help to establish a widely accepted protocol for B2B transactions over the Internet.

The new OASIS Technical Committee is chartered with evaluating the requirements for long-running B2B transactions on the Internet and the suitability of BTP technology to meet those requirements. BTP is an eXtensible Markup Language (XML)-based vocabulary protocol for representing and seamlessly managing complex, multi-step B2B transactions over the Internet. Today, BTP allows complex XML message exchanges to be managed as long-running, loosely coupled "conversations" among trading partners that are tracked from the start of a B2B process to its completion.

"BEA has established a B2B leadership position with BTP as deployed technology that addresses a complex 'real world' requirement," said Alfred Chuang, founder, president and chief operations officer of BEA Systems, Inc. "We are making BTP publicly available, and look forward to working with OASIS and the other Technical Committee members to further develop the standard."

"It's important to appreciate that BEA Systems could have continued developing a business transactions specification inside its own company, but, instead, BEA chose to open its work to the XML community through the OASIS technical process," noted Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS. "The Consortium regards open development as the best means to advance interoperability and increase widespread adoption of XML specifications."

"We support the OASIS BTP Technical Committee and look forward to working with BEA and others to define a standard that's effective and of benefit to our customers," said Bill Smith, director, XML Technology Center, Sun Microsystems. "Implementing open business-to-business transaction standards will help drive our industry forward."

"Interwoven's membership and active role in OASIS demonstrates our commitment to supporting standards that will benefit e-business," said John Ousterhout, chief scientist at Interwoven. "BEA's BTP is designed to enable e-businesses to conduct enduring, multi-faceted conversations in a secure environment, advancing the possibilities of B2B interactions across the extended enterprise. Interwoven believes BEA's BTP is a major step forward in solving key technical challenges that are inhibiting B2B commerce, and we support its drive toward standardization."

"Bowstreet recognizes the absolute necessity of open standards in advancing next-generation e-business," said Bob Crowley, president and chief executive officer, Bowstreet. "We are committed to a standards-based approach to the management of complex, multi-step B2B transactions over the Internet, and look forward to adding our support to help drive this initiative to adoption."

BTP Provides an Open Specification for Internet Trading Partners

Implemented as the eXtended Open Collaboration Protocol (XOCP) for BEA WebLogic Collaborate, BTP provides an open specification for XML message interfaces to support coordination of Web services from different Internet trading partners, as well as a model for defining and managing the status of complex B2B interactions to guarantee reliable messaging and completion of a business process, regardless of how long it takes to execute.

"BTP, as implemented in BEA WebLogic Collaborate, is endorsed by companies recognizing the need for high levels of B2B message management, reliability, and process integrity in large-scale trading exchange implementations," said Patrick Gannon, chairman of OASIS who recently joined BEA as a senior vice president of the BEA E-Commerce Integration Division.

Idapta selected BEA WebLogic Collaborate - which is built on the market-leading BEA WebLogic Server™, a pioneer in implementing another critical open standard, enterprise Java - as its B2B infrastructure in part because of its commitment to open standards. "As enterprise e-market makers add trading partners and volume, widely accepted industry standards for B2B message, process and transactional integrity are critically important," said Anandeep Pannu, chief technology officer, Idapta, Inc. "We believe that BEA's Business Transaction Protocol provides an excellent starting point for creating the open B2B transaction standard that our industry needs. The ultimate value of BTP is to enable large-scale trading exchanges and strategic, collaborative commerce."


OASIS (http://www.oasis-open.org) is the international, not-for-profit consortium that advances electronic business by promoting open, collaborative development of interoperability specifications. With the United Nations, OASIS sponsors ebXML, a global framework for electronic business data exchange. OASIS operates XML.ORG, the non-commercial portal that delivers information on the use of XML in industry. The XML.ORG Registry provides as an open community clearinghouse for distributing and locating XML application schemas, vocabularies and related documents. OASIS serves as the home for industry groups interested in developing XML specifications. OASIS technical work embraces conformance, repositories and other interoperability issues.

BEA Systems, Inc.

BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is one of the world's leading e-business infrastructure software companies, with over 8,000 customers around the world including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic brand are among the most trusted names in e-business. Businesses built on the award-winning BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform™ are reliable, highly scalable, and poised to bring new services to market quickly. BEA's e-business platform is the de facto standard for over 1,200 systems integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service providers (ASPs) to provide complete solutions that fast-track and future-proof e-businesses for high growth and profitability. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 90 offices in 30 countries and is on the Web at www.bea.com.

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Diana Ehrhardt
BEA Systems, Inc.

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