Number 1 in Middleware: Oracle(R) Unveils BEA&aposs Role in Product Strategy for Next-Generation Middleware

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

— In a live webcast attended by partners and customers from around the world, Oracle President Charles Phillips and Oracle Fusion Middleware Senior Vice President Thomas Kurian outlined Oracle's middleware strategy, which combines the best products from BEA and Oracle(R) Fusion Middleware and provides continuity and investment protection for both customer bases.

— Oracle is #1 in middleware. Oracle's open, standards-based offerings make it the leader in modern middleware.

— Oracle plans to deliver increased functionality and capabilities across its broadened portfolio of products.

— The company unveiled plans for the strategic BEA and Oracle Fusion Middleware products — including plans for Application Server (http://www.oracle.com/appserver), Tuxedo (http://www.oracle.com/tuxedo), BPM (http://www.oracle.com/bpm), WebCenter (http://www.oracle.com/webcenter), SOA (http://www.oracle.com/soa), and Development Tools (http://www.oracle.com/tools). (For more information and a complete product list please visit: http://www.oracle.com/goto/july1.)

— Oracle also plans to preserve and expand the partner ecosystem — including System Integrators, Independent Software Vendors, Value-Added Distributors and Value-Added Resellers — to help ease the deployment of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Supporting Quotes

— "Oracle is number one in middleware," said Oracle President Charles Philips. "The addition of BEA products to the Oracle Fusion Middleware Suite will accelerate innovation in our product offerings, and help our customers strategically implement middleware to more easily build, deploy, and manage applications in a secure environment."

— "As a market leader in SOA implementation, Accenture has had extensive experience and success with both the Oracle and BEA middleware products. By combining leading products and technologies, Oracle has created an Oracle Fusion Middleware road map that is consistent with Accenture's assessment of how a converged product set would best benefit our clients. What's more, the convergence of the two products will increase the momentum of the solutions we develop at the Accenture Innovation Centers for Oracle, and provide a strong SOA platform for our clients," said Paul Daugherty, Accenture's chief technology architect.

— "The integration of the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack and the BEA product family combined with Oracle's standards-based platform offers the potential of a compelling foundation for building solutions to fit the complex and varied collaborations between people, software and machines in today's hospital and healthcare environments," said Rhett Alden, Senior Architect, GE Healthcare IT.

— "Adopting SOA is a way to improve business performance. The combined Oracle & BEA middleware product direction provides greater opportunity to execute an effective SOA strategy and deployment that can help lower costs, increase agility and mitigate risks. HP will continue to leverage our consulting expertise in both Oracle and BEA products to help our joint customers accelerate SOA adoption and drive increased business value," said John McCain, senior vice president and general manager, Consulting and Integration, HP.

About Oracle Fusion Middleware

Oracle Fusion Middleware is a comprehensive, pre-integrated and hot-pluggable product line used by more than 65,000 customers worldwide in every industry. The comprehensive, standards-based family of middleware infrastructure products — ranging from the #1 Java application server to leading Enterprise 2.0 portals and content management products — provides companies and the public sector with the technology solutions they need when they need them. Oracle Fusion Middleware products are pre-integrated with one another and with Oracle Database and Applications products to enable a lower cost of ownership. Unique hot-pluggable capabilities allow customers to extend existing investments in heterogeneous IT environments. Oracle Fusion Middleware is supported by an ecosystem of more than 11,000 independent software vendors, value-added resellers and system integrators. For additional information visit: http://www.oracle.com/middleware.

Supporting Resources Related News Releases — Oracle Completes Acquisition of BEA Systems http://www.oracle.com/corporate/press/2008_apr/bea-closes-rls.html — Oracle to Acquire BEA Systems http://www.oracle.com/corporate/press/2008_jan/bea.html Oracle Expert Blogs — David Chappell http://blogs.oracle.com/davidchappell/ — Justin Kestelyn http://blogs.oracle.com/otn/ — Roger Sullivan http://blogs.oracle.com/rogersullivan/ Podcasts, Webcasts, Datasheets and Product Brochures — July 1 Webcast Replay http://tinyurl.com/3k7khp — Please visit http://www.oracle.com/goto/july1 for datasheets, product brochures and a complete list of podcasts, including: What's Happening to My Product; WebCenter and Portal Convergence; WebCenter Services — E2.0 for Existing Portals; SOA Suite Combination; SOA Governance Strategy; Tuxedo Strategy; Overall App Server Strategy Related Resources — Information and updates on the BEA integration http://www.oracle.com/goto/july1 — What customers are saying http://tinyurl.com/3hpuzv — What partners are saying http://tinyurl.com/477alb — Oracle Mix: BEA Product Info, Downloads, Discussion Forums on July 1 http://tinyurl.com/3hhnp7

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