SAN JOSE, Calif., July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- http://bea.com/more_info.jsp?p=189&r=15.17.29 -- 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 www.idc.com. For more information on BEA please visit www.bea.com. 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 www.bea.com. NOTE: BEA, Tuxedo, and WebLogic are registered trademarks and BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform, BEA WebLogic Server, BEA WebLogic Integration, BEA WebLogic Portal, BEA WebLogic JRockit, BEA WebLogic Platform, BEA WebLogic Express, BEA WebLogic Workshop, BEA WebLogic Java Adapter for Mainframe, BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic, BEA eLink, and BEA WebLogic Enterprise Security are trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. All other company and product names may be the subject of intellectual property rights reserved by third parties.
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