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BEA Systems Releases WebLogic Portal 10.2

New Version Accelerates Delivery of Rich Internet Applications, Improves Performance and Upgradability

SAN JOSE, CA—March 3, 2008—BEA, a leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced the general availability of BEA WebLogic® Portal 10.2. This new release solidifies the mission-critical enterprise portal capabilities and introduces enhancements designed to build more dynamic and interactive experiences. Numerous improvements are focused on developer and end-user productivity including AJAX development, dynamic tools for modifying portal content and style, and increased security capabilities. Additionally, BEA continues to innovate in the presentation layer architecture by adding support for Web 2.0 interactivity, portal federation, mashup, and composite application capabilities. Combined with best-in-class lifecycle management, these features and rapid development capabilities in BEA WebLogic® Portal are designed to help customers create personalized Web 2.0 applications delivered within a service-oriented ecosystem.

Alibris, the premiere online destination for new and used books, music, and movies, as well as rare and out-of-print titles, designed a portal primarily for consumers. The flexibility of BEA WebLogic® Portal helped Alibris leverage a common portal framework to serve multiple audiences, including students, book collectors, and movie lovers.

"Each audience has different business requirements that pose unique technical challenges," said Michael Schaffer, chief technology officer at Alibris. "Our new portal infrastructure has helped us implement our aggressive growth strategy, supporting rapid development and deployment of new functionality and content. Using the BEA WebLogic® Portal, we've created tailored sites for individual countries, broadened our product offerings, improved usability, and developed more sophisticated and creative marketing programs and campaigns."

Most technology initiatives in the enterprise use service-oriented architectures (SOA) to deliver adaptive business solutions by weaving together services and applications from existing software deployments. BEA WebLogic® Portal is designed to integrate these SOA solutions visually and programmatically to create new capabilities, target new audiences, and reduce the cost of IT responsiveness. As the face of SOA, BEA WebLogic® Portal is designed to deliver personalized experiences and create composites from applications, content, and services.

New capabilities in BEA WebLogic® Portal 10.2 include:

  • Mashups and migration – Clipper portlet helps integrate outside web content into the portal, such as legacy applications and websites
  • Security – A new credential vault that simplifies SSO – speeding implementation and improving user adoption through increased legacy integration
  • Content Syndication – Personalized RSS feeds from the BEA WebLogic® Portal virtual content repository, helps improves access to dynamic, constantly-changing content
  • Improved wizards – Portal desktop and integrated content publishing tools that improve end-user productivity with simpler, and quicker content production
  • Developer experience – BEA WebLogic® WorkShop Studio is designed to deliver native Eclipse 3.2.2 integration and tooling for faster delivery and better control over Web 2.0 interactions

Other significant advancements in BEA WebLogic® Portal 10.2 include:

  • Portal federation – Improved portlet reuse and simplified WSRP registration
  • Publication – Process streamlined and mass update capabilities
  • Administration – Direct metadata management and simplified propagation
  • End-user-experience – Drag and drop user interface

BEA WebLogic® Server provides the rock-solid Java Enterprise foundation for BEA WebLogic® Portal and the most demanding application requirements. Additionally, BEA WebLogic® Portal 10.2 integrates with a number of products from BEA such as BEA AquaLogic® Analytics, BEA AquaLogic® BPM, and BEA AquaLogic®.NET Application Accelerator to meet modern business needs. With BEA WebLogic® Mobility Server, it helps deliver portal content on thousands of mobile devices. Lastly, with BEA AquaLogic® Commerce Services, it helps businesses quickly extend their sales channels through pre-integration with BEA WebLogic® Portal 10.2. It also includes content management integration with the BEA WebLogic® Portal so customers can be precisely targeted with product campaigns, as well as sample portlets to help enable customers to seamlessly navigate to the store front.

"BEA continues to lead the portal market with excellent growth and technological innovation," said Mark Carges, executive vice president at BEA Systems, Inc. "We are excited with the new release of BEA WebLogic® Portal, as it offers our Java developers new capabilities for creating dynamic and modern portal applications, helping to bring the same vibrancy and dynamic experiences to their applications that Web 2.0 has brought to the consumer Internet."

BEA WebLogic®Portal is the leading enterprise portal solution on the market for engaging customers, delivering unprecedented time to market, and consolidating application infrastructure on a Java platform. BEA provides a broad range of application and portal infrastructure services designed to simplify the development and management of Web applications, and improve the overall effectiveness of enterprise portals. For more information, please visit

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About Alibris
Alibris is the premiere online destination for new and used books, music, and movies, as well as rare and out-of-print titles. We connect people who love books, music, and movies to the best independent sellers from 45 countries around the world. Our proprietary technology and advanced logistics allow us to offer more than 75 million used, new, and out-of-print titles to consumers, libraries, and retailers, which include, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Borders, Chapters/Indigo, and Founded in 1998 and acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners in 2006, Alibris was named a "Fast 50" and a "Technology Fast 500" growth business by Deloitte in 2005. Alibris is a registered trademark.

About BEA
BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS) is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software. Information about how BEA helps customers build a Liquid Enterprise™ that transforms their business can be found at

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