BEA Remains the Leader in Linux-Based Application Server Software Platform Market Segment in 2003

BEA Also Continues to Demonstrate Strong Leadership in North American and Unix

Application Server Software Segments

Jul 26, 2004, 01:00 ET from BEA Systems, Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- -- BEA Systems, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   BEAS) today announced that the company remains the leader in the
 Linux-based Application Server Software Platform (ASSP) market for the third
 year in a row, and that it grew by 166% 2003 over 2002, as measured by
 worldwide license and maintenance revenue, according to IDC's Worldwide and
 North American Application Server Software Platform 2003 Vendor Analysis,
 [document number 31561, July 2004]. By the same metric, the IDC market model
 reveals BEA again captured the leading share in the North American market and
 in the Unix-based application server software market worldwide. The
 definitions of ASSP and software revenue, as well as the survey methodology
 and the operating-environment/regional modeling assumptions underlying these
 rankings are outlined in the report.
     A significant component of the company's Liquid Computing vision,
 standards- based, operating systems like Linux are considered key to
 developing next-generation application infrastructure designed to
 fundamentally change the economics of enterprise computing. Linux-based
 infrastructure is being leveraged by the industry to develop service-oriented
 environments that can closely align IT with business processes using a
 collection of shared services on a network. As a result, businesses are
 looking to BEA's application infrastructure solutions, like BEA WebLogic
 Server 8.1(TM) and BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1(TM), to deploy SOAs that are
 designed to help improve IT responsiveness from 'months-to-minutes,' by
 helping to drive down complexity and cost.
     The Linux-based ASSP market is the fastest growing segment of the ASSP
 market as measured  by software revenue according to IDC. Recognizing this,
 BEA has focused on helping to make Linux a reliable and low-cost solution for
 enterprise customers looking for a highly scalable, unified and extensible
 application infrastructure. As a result, BEA has led the Linux-based ASSP
 market since IDC began tracking it (source: IDC 2000 Software Market
 Forecaster database, May 2000), logging license and maintenance revenues of
 $78 million in 2003. "CIOs are investing in technology that can help them
 drive complexity out of their IT environments and move toward enabling a more
 open, service-driven enterprise," said Rick Jackson, senior vice president,
 worldwide marketing, BEA Systems. "This research can help validate the fact
 that the market continues to agree with BEA's strategy in standards-based
 operating systems as businesses migrate from closed and legacy systems. BEA
 also continues to expand its technology platform with products like BEA
 WebLogic Server Process Edition, which shipped this month-a premium
 application server designed to combine application deployment with business
 process management to help enable companies to rapidly build and deploy
 service-oriented applications."
     With a base of 15,000 customers, including more than half of the Fortune
 Global 500, BEA is one of the leading providers of application infrastructure
 for developing and deploying applications and services. In its rich tradition
 of out-innovating competitors for the sake of customers, BEA delivered one of
 the first development frameworks designed to dramatically reduce the
 complexity of Java, and delivered one of the industry's first tightly
 integrated platforms for creating, deploying and managing applications and
 services.  Currently BEA is one of few companies able to help customers deploy
 SOAs today.
     The IDC report analyzing the North American and worldwide market for ASSP
 is based on the IDC 2004 Software Market Forecaster Database, which covers
 over 85 functional software markets worldwide by multiple operating
 environment and many geographic dimensions. For more information on the IDC
 Software Market Forecaster Database, please visit For more
 information on BEA please visit
     About BEA
     BEA Systems, Inc. provides 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 71 offices in 34 countries and
 is on the Web at
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 Liquid Data for WebLogic, BEA eLink, and BEA WebLogic Enterprise Security are
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