Bea Systems is on the verge of acquiring two companies to slot into the ecommerce development tools company it recently set up with Warburg.
The joint venture, which is due to be formally named in two weeks' time, was formed to house the $75m purchase of most of the assets of Symantec's former internet tools business unit, including its Java development tool.
Its aim is to enable developers to write, assemble and deploy Java components to create ecommerce applications and to provide line of business managers and business domain experts with the tools to undertake requirements capture so they can specify what function they want their packages to perform.
Joe Menard, president of ecommerce server division at Bea, said at the firm's user conference in San Francisco yesterday: "We have two more acquisitions that are in the final stages and which we'll announce next week.""Microsoft nailed component assembly on the client side of the client/server market and about 80 per cent of the development community now uses Visual Basic. This is where the sweet spot of the market is and we'll develop and acquire products in the component assembly space. The world moving to the web and cross platform Java gives us a new opportunity to embrace Java and Visual Basic programmers," he added.
He added that Bea and Warburg, the investment firm that initially funded Bea, were looking for other organisations to invest in the joint venture and were keen to create and receive, test and deploy components with third party companies.Meanwhile Bea unveiled its eCollaborate project, which will provide organisations with the enabling technology to create and participate in dynamic online trading communities.
The middleware supplier is positioning the initiative under the banner of E-Market Integration (EMI) and attests that it will redefine the business to business (B2B) landscape by providing users with the means of building so-called e-markets that they can integrate with their back-end systems.
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