Casting the open-source Eclipse platform as a linchpin of product uniformity efforts, BEA Systems plans to reconfigure several middleware clients so they can be plugged into the Eclipse IDE.
At the Eclipsecon conference in Santa Clara, California on Tuesday, BEA announced intentions to make interfaces to the following BEA Aqualogic products available as Eclipse plug-ins in the second half of 2007:
• BPM Designer and BPM Studio for business process management.
• Data Service Platform 3.0 for data integration and converting data to Web services.
• Service Bus 3.0, which provides enterprise service bus capabilities for SOA.
These moves are part of the company's Workspace 360 strategy, which is intended to provide role-specific tools that enable collaboration in an SOA. BEA seeks to provide an environment where such persons as business analysts, architects, IT operators, and managers can collaborate and have a common workspace; Eclipse plays a key role in that strategy, says Pieter Humphrey, senior product marketing manager at BEA.
"The idea is to unify our tooling across all of our product lines: Weblogic, Tuxedo, Aqualogic," Humphrey says.
Currently, collaboration often occurs in an ad hoc way, such as with IT personnel working together on Visio diagrams, he said. "[Collaboration] is a very common pain point," Humphrey says.
By retrofitting these products as Eclipse plug-ins, the company is moving forward on its promise to make its whole product line Eclipse-friendly, according to Humphrey. "We are making good on our complete product line rather than just having pockets of Eclipse here and there," he says.