BEA Systems Inc. on Monday unveiled a bundle of tools for automating business processes through a combination of software integration, application development and workflow.
The BEA WebLogic Server Process Edition includes the company's Java-based WebLogic application server, its Workshop development tools and specialized integration tools for connecting information technology systems into a specific workflow.
A company, for example, could use the new product to automate the process of handling an insurance claim or mortgage application.
The new product is billed as a "kick-start kit" for companies moving toward a service-oriented architecture, which proponents say is the next-generation of distributed computing.
The market for SOAs, including software, services and hardware, is expected to reach $21 billion by 2007, according to research firm International Data Corp. Use of web services standards, a major component of SOAs, is also expected to increase dramatically, with 80 percent of businesses expected to have projects underway by 2008.