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Web services here, there and everywhere

A recently-announced partnership between BEA Systems and Palm Solutions Group will potentially bring Web services to mobile computing professionals. Hurwitz Group says the partnership is in line with recent trends and believes the two companies will work well together.

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Web services here, there and everywhere
On August 27, BEA Systems and Palm Solutions Group announced a partnership to bring Web services out to the Palm Platform and thus out to the mobile professional at large. Palm's mission will be to develop device-side technology for the development and deployment of Web services, and BEA will focus on extending its server-side core strengths to enable the full utilization of its platform and tools, WebLogic Server and WebLogic Workshop by the Palm Solution. Palm developers will be able to take advantage of WebLogic Workshop to build robust server-side Web services that rely on Palm's Reliable Transport for execution at the device, wherever it is.

THE HURWITZ TAKE: Hurwitz Group sees this partnership as squarely in line with recent trends to use the application server platform as a jumping-off point for internal computing assets to go mobile. For developers, the problem of building and maintaining a discrete set of mobile applications separate from efforts to build and maintain enterprise applications is slowly disappearing. Extending the applications deployed on the proven application server platform out to a myriad of devices is the way forward. This is in direct contrast to the trend a short time ago when mobile applications were proprietary islands requiring specialized tools and platforms that didn't leverage core enterprise infrastructure.

The uniqueness here is the commitment from BEA and Palm to focus on Web services, enabling mobile users to conduct business operations like filling a sales order or trouble ticket from the field via a Palm device while the IT department relies on standards to extend existing business processes. BEA is showing that it has a strong commitment to delivering value with its fairly recent product addition, WebLogic Workshop. Not only that, but BEA is extending the value of its deployment platform, WebLogic Server, for a new computing frontier: wireless Web services. Palm is making a smart choice to leverage a server-side computing infrastructure right from the start. The tarnish on the first generation of mobile applications came from their lack of integration with internal computing assets. It looks as if that won't be the case here, as BEA carves out a growth opportunity with a top-notch partner.

Copyright 2002 Hurwitz Group Inc. This article is excerpted from TrendWatch, a weekly publication of Hurwitz Group Inc. - an analyst, research, and consulting firm. To register for a free email subscription, click here.

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