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BEA Re-Defines Participation and Collaboration for Business Users at BEAParticipate

ATLANTA, May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BEA, a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today opened BEAParticipate, a unique user event focused on collaboration, process management and social computing, hosted at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia May 6-9, 2007. BEAParticipate offers an exclusive forum for BEA AquaLogic(R) User Interaction and BEA AquaLogic(R) BPM customers and partners to learn more about BEA's Business Interaction and Business Integration solutions and to discuss new product developments, implementation best practices and development tips-and-tricks. This year's theme, "The Power of Participation," heralds a new era of participant-driven systems and processes in the workplace.

ATLANTA, May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BEA, a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today opened BEAParticipate, a unique user event focused on collaboration, process management and social computing, hosted at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia May 6-9, 2007. BEAParticipate offers an exclusive forum for BEA AquaLogic(R) User Interaction and BEA AquaLogic(R) BPM customers and partners to learn more about BEA's Business Interaction and Business Integration solutions and to discuss new product developments, implementation best practices and development tips-and-tricks. This year's theme, "The Power of Participation," heralds a new era of participant-driven systems and processes in the workplace.

BEA is also highlighting and demonstrating three new BEA products designed to bring Web 2.0 and social computing to the enterprise. This new class of enterprise social computing software from BEA includes BEA AquaLogic(R) Pages, BEA AquaLogic(R) Ensemble and BEA AquaLogic(R) Pathways, each designed to empower new modes of end-user participation in the workplace while giving IT the management and governance control that core enterprise systems and processes require. For more information on BEA's new Web 2.0 and social computing products please visit www.bea.com/enterprise.

"We are always excited to share BEA's innovations with our customers and partners. This year's innovations are especially notable as they signify BEA's next generation of enterprise applications," said Mark Carges, executive vice president at BEA Systems. "BEA is providing a complete platform for SOA that is designed to empower everyone from architects to developers to everyday business users. This approach combines Enterprise Web 2.0 and social computing products that can help extend the value of your IT investment and capability to innovate by turning your SOA into a Participant-Oriented Architecture."

BEAParticipate – A Customer Experience

During the three-day event, hundreds of BEA customers, including American Diabetes Association, Boeing, Camico Mutual Insurance, Government of Bermuda, Pratt and Whitney and University of Pittsburgh, are scheduled to share how they have used their BEA AquaLogic(R) User Interaction and BEA AquaLogic(R) BPM deployments to drive new innovation and respond quickly to challenges in their businesses. Customer presentations are slated to include:

— Aflac – "The Easy Money: Measuring ROI on Portal Deployments" — Applebee's International – "A Study in Business Agility" — The Babcock & Wilcox Company – "America's Next Top UI: User Interface Customization and Branding" — Bear Stearns – "At Your Service: Using SOA Technologies With BPM" — Citigroup – "Getting The Most Out Of BPM: Best Practices for Succeeding with BPM" — Cox Communications – "Creating High Value Portal Applications" — JPMorgan Chase – "How To Build Your Own User Experience On ALBPM" — Pratt & Whitney – "BPM 101 for Portals: An Introduction to Process Portals and Collaborative Processes" — Weyerhaeuser – "Eye in the Sky: Portal Infrastructure Monitoring"

Aflac Goes Mobile – AflacAnyWhere

Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac is taking its broker and employee portals to the next level by embracing and adapting its current services to mobile technologies. For years, Aflac's 69,000 plus independent brokers used myAflac.com to get vital information to do their jobs and measure their performance. With new mobile technologies and smart phones becoming commonplace, Aflac is adapting these current portal offerings for use on these new mobile devices. Additionally, with the advent of podcasting, Aflac realized a new and effective way to distribute information to its employees. Using BEA technology, Aflac publishes podcasts to its portal for access by anyone in the company.

Additionally, Aflac revealed their vision for deploying Enterprise 2.0 tools to their enterprise. Aflac is currently working on bolstering its capabilities with BEA AquaLogic(R) Pages and BEA AquaLogic(R) Pathways to help experts and specialists collaborate on business process management improvements and a variety of knowledge management scenarios, such as claims adjudication, to help improve IT agility and responsiveness.

"Aflac initially deployed BEA AquaLogic(R) User Interaction as an effective way to distribute information to its internal employees and independent sales associates and recently expanded to include over 60,000 online billing accounts that use the portal for invoice reconciliation and self-service. We want to change the relationship of beneficiaries, policy holders, investors, sales associates and employees with their use of technology and how they interact with our company," said Frank Braski, manager, high performance workplaces, at Aflac. "With our portal successfully deployed and adopted by more than 130,000 users and growing, we're excited to take our portal to a new level with the future use of BEA AquaLogic(R) Pages, Ensemble and Pathways. We expect these new social computing tools for the enterprise will help Aflac let us more quickly find expertise, identify trends with real-time tagging and allow users to share and participate in online services in ways not possible just a few years ago."

BEAParticipate also provides attendees the opportunity to meet with BEA's strategic partners, participate in business and technical sessions and gain insight into vision for BEA AquaLogic(R) User Interaction and BEA AquaLogic(R) BPM Suite product development plans. As a part of BEA's partner showcase, partners including bdg, Dunn Solutions, Enterpulse, Miller Systems, Optimus Solutions, Portal Insight and Project Performance Corporation, are sharing their experiences and deployment best practices. For more information and details on other sessions at BEAParticipate, please visit www.bea.com/participate.

BEA AquaLogic(R) User Interaction is an integrated family of products designed to help create enterprise portals, collaborative communities and composite applications, all built on a Service Infrastructure. BEA AquaLogic(R) User Interaction products are designed to deliver the capabilities modern enterprises need to bring people, systems and processes together into a new, powerful breed of enterprise solution. For more information, please visit www.bea.com/portal.

BEA AquaLogic(R) BPM is a leading software suite designed to integrate the modeling, implementation, execution and monitoring of end-to-end business processes to support continuous optimization of the entire business process lifecycle. BEA AquaLogic(R) BPM moves beyond the limitations of traditional human workflow and process technology and augments the power and extensibility of system-to-system enterprise application integration software by bridging the two together into a single suite of software used to support the complex, collaborative business processes of today's heterogeneous enterprise. For more information, please visit www.bea.com/bpm.

About BEA

BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software. BEA's SOA 360 platform is the industry's most unified SOA platform for business transformation and optimization, in order to improve cost structures and grow new revenue streams. Information about how BEA is enabling customers to achieve Business LiquidITy(TM) can be found at bea.com.

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