BEA Systems has begun shipping three products featured in its social computing suite geared for Web 2.0.
The three products introduce modes of ad hoc collaboration and participation-driven experiences, said Jay Simons, BEA's director of product marketing.
They also take innovations spawned on the consumer Internet and apply them to the enterprise, adding security, governance, and management, he said.
With the products, BEA said it was looking to empower users in the workplace.
All bearing the AquaLogic nameplate, the three products include: Pages, a mashup builder for business users to put together simple web applications for business situations; Ensemble, for web application developers to build developer-oriented mashups featuring web resources; and Pathways, which features social bookmarking, tagging, and includes the capability to form social networks in the enterprise
In touting its new products, BEA has been able to communicate how the suite can make a business become more efficient, said Gartner analyst Frank Kenney. BEA has been citing examples involving mashups and applications, he said.
"They're starting to tell stories and give credible examples of how those Web 2.0 [capabilities] can make your business agile," Kenney said.
But BEA had been lacking in details on how governance and control are maintained over the applications built with the products, he said.
"I think that I haven't seen enough detail about the mechanics of the technology. For instance, BEA hasn't given me a message or hasn't told me about how these technologies fit into their overall SOA governance initiatives," Kenney said.
A Java application server is required to use the products but not necessarily BEA's application server, Simons said.
Pricing for the products individually is either $40,000 per CPU or $64 per user.
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