BEA and Apache Software Foundation Announce Project Beehive to Be Part of Apache Open Source Community

'Apache Beehive' Planned as Industry's First Easy-to-Use Open Source

Application Framework for Building Service-Oriented Architectures and

Enterprise Java-based Applications

May 25, 2004, 01:00 ET from BEA Systems, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, BEA eWORLD 2004 CONFERENCE, May 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
 -- -- BEA Systems (Nasdaq:   BEAS)
 the world's leading application infrastructure software company, and the
 Apache Software Foundation today announced the acceptance of Project Beehive
 as an open-source project in the Apache community. Based on the runtime
 application framework in BEA WebLogic Workshop(TM), Apache Beehive is designed
 to be the industry's first, easy-to-use, open source foundation for building
 enterprise Java and service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications. Apache
 Beehive is designed to foster new innovations through industry wide
 collaboration, ensure investment protection for both developer skills and
 applications, and expand the community of Java developers.
     "Through Apache Beehive, BEA is broadening the appeal of its innovations
 by collaborating with the open source community," said Greg Stein, chairman,
 Apache Software Foundation.  "With the momentum of the open-source community,
 Apache Beehive has the potential to make Java enterprise application
 development easier to use giving developers state-of-the-art innovations for
 any Java platform."
     The Apache Software Foundation, the leading open source community partner
 for commercial companies, provides organizational, legal, and financial
 support for a broad range of open source software projects. The Apache
 Software Foundation can ensure the continuity of open source software projects
 beyond the participation of individual volunteers and can enable contributions
 of intellectual property and financial support on a sound basis providing a
 vehicle for limiting legal exposure for open source contributors. Projects
 overseen by the Apache Software Foundation can carry forth the commitment to
 open collaboration, active participation from the Internet developer community
 and commercial grade, freely available software.
     Apache Beehive further builds on key Apache projects with which BEA has
 had either direct or indirect involvement, such as XMLBeans, Tomcat, Struts,
 and Axis. With Beehive, BEA is helping to strengthen the open source community
 by contributing top BEA engineering talent joined with the expertise of the
 larger BEA WebLogic Workshop developer community. BEA is also pleased that
 several veteran open-source developers in Apache have agreed to help guide the
 direction of the project.
     "BEA WebLogic Workshop consists of two major technologies, a powerful
 integrated development environment and an application framework, to help
 abstract some of the more complex tasks associated with Java Web and SOA
 development," said Scott Dietzen, chief technology officer, BEA Systems.  "The
 Apache Foundation was our first choice for the Beehive open source project.
 With the Apache community's help in open sourcing the Workshop application
 framework, we hope to help a greater number of Java developers build and
 orchestrate Java applications far more easily and without having to sacrifice
 portability and long-term investment protection."
     Beehive will be based on award-winning technology found in BEA WebLogic
 Workshop, including Java annotations, Java Controls, Java Web services and
 Java Page Flows, which drive increased interoperability and developer
 productivity. Project Beehive leverages WebLogic Workshop's Controls, reusable
 meta-data driven software components based on drag-and-drop technology that
 can easily integrate into BEA and other software platforms. In addition,
 Beehive also builds on BEA's innovative Web services programming capabilities
 that allow for easier consumption and management of services, and page flows,
 which can help developers quickly and easily define and view page transitions
 between applications.  Project Beehive can attract new users to a simpler way
 to build enterprise Java applications, while also attracting experienced Java
 Web and J2EE programmers with a model that is designed to save them from
 writing the same Java plumbing code over and over again.
     Pricing and Availability
     Beehive is expected to be available this summer for free under the
 standard Apache 2.0 license. For more information on Beehive, please visit
     Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
     Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking,
 including the statements regarding: the availability, plans delivery, goals,
 development, expected features, expected benefits and competitive position of
 BEA's Project Beehive products and technology (the "Beehive Products") and the
 benefits and goals of Project Beehive being acceptance into the open source
 community. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any
 forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties BEA faces that could cause
 results to differ materially include risks associated with: any unforeseen
 technical difficulties or software errors related to the final development and
 launch of any Beehive Products or related services; any technological or
 standards changes in the application infrastructure market which could make
 BEA's Project Beehive less competitive or require feature changes in these
 products; and any slowdown in the adoption by businesses of open source
 technologies, Internet technologies or related standards. Readers should also
 refer to the risk disclosures set forth in BEA's 10-K for the year ended
 January 31, 2004 as filed with the SEC and subsequent reports filed thereafter
 from time-to-time with the SEC.  The forward-looking statements contained in
 this release are made as of the date hereof, and BEA does not assume any
 obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could
 differ materially from those projected in such statements.
     About the Apache Software Foundation
     The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal, and
 financial support for the Apache open-source software projects. Formerly known
 as the Apache Group, the Foundation incorporated as a membership-based, not-
 for-profit corporation to ensure that the Apache projects continue to exist
 beyond the participation of individual volunteers, to enable contributions of
 intellectual property and financial support, and to provide a vehicle for
 limiting legal exposure while participating in open-source projects. For more
 information on the Apache Software Foundation, please see
     About BEA
     BEA Systems, Inc. is the world's leading application infrastructure
 software company, providing the enterprise software foundation that allows
 thousands of companies to benefit from service-oriented architectures. With
 more than 15,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the
 Fortune Global 500, BEA and its WebLogic(R) and Tuxedo(R) brands are among the
 most trusted names in business.
     Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 75 offices in 34 countries and
 is on the Web at

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