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BEA Buys SOA Startup

BEA Systems today ponied up $87.5 million for privately held software specialist Fuego in an attempt to bolster its Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) story and grab a solid base of big-name users.

SOA treats applications software as a collection of autonomous, reusable business services that enables users to run these applications across different platforms, including the Web.

A number of vendors -- including IBM, Sun Microsystems, and HP -- have been making a lot of noise in the SOA space for some time, although users are only now gingerly deploying the technology. (See Oracle Sets Sights on SOAs, SeeBeyond Sucked Into Sun, IBM Intros SOA , and Helps DreamWorks With SOA.)

Fuegos flagship offering is FuegoBPM, a software for managing the different business processes within an SOA. But, more importantly, BEA, which announced plans to turn its own AquaLogic software into a serious SOA contender last year, is also getting its paws on a ready-made SOA user base.

Since its foundation in 1999, Fuego has amassed a 170-strong customer list, which includes marquee accounts such as JPMorganChase, British Petroleum, Citigroup, and Southwest Airlines.

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