Case Study

BEA Systems

BEA, one of the world’s leading software providers, uses InstallAnywhere to deliver flexible installation solutions to its end users quickly and easily

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BEA Systems is a leading e-business infrastructure software company with more than 10,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. The award winning BEA WebLogic® Server is the industry’s leading application server, delivering scalability, flexibility, and reliability to power the world’s most sophisticated e-business applications.

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Challenge

BEA was wasting time using a singleplatform installer for Windows and distributing a simple .jar file on UNIX.

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Solution

InstallAnywhere supports the company’s focus on anytime, anywhere computing with cross-platform support and flexibility.

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Benefits

With InstallAnywhere, BEA could use one installation project for every platform that automatically localizes to each user’s native language.

INSTALLANYWHERE’S FLEXIBILITY PROVIDES BROAD PLATFORM SUPPORT

BEA has a diverse customer base whose servers run on a range of platforms, including AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Tru64, and Windows NT & 2000. They need transparent, seamless, multiplatform deployment. Prior to standardizing on InstallAnywhere, BEA was using a single-platform installer for Windows and distributing a simple .jar file on UNIX. This was costly, inefficient, and took up valuable developer time. “We needed a deployment solution provider that shared our vision of anytime, anywhere computing,” said John Kiger, director of product marketing for the E-Commerce Server Division at BEA. “No other solution provided the cross-platform support and flexibility BEA required.” Console and silent installation functionality were also important for BEA. “Our customers need to be able to deploy BEA products with or without a GUI, through Telnet, or silently.”

CREATES ONE INSTALLER FOR CONSOLE, SILENT, AND GRAPHICAL INSTALLATION MODES

InstallAnywhere’s flexible installation functionality was a huge benefit for BEA. InstallAnywhere creates a powerful installer that runs in console, silent, and GUI modes. This means that BEA’s engineers only need to create one installation solution for all deployments.

InstallAnywhere allows for exceptionally quick localization of all visible installation components. This has saved us an incredible amount of development effort and is now basically a non-event in delivering product.

JOHN KIGER DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MARKETING E-COMMERCE SERVER DIVISION, BEA

PROVIDES BUILT-IN SUPPORT FOR 29 LANGUAGES

For BEA, finding an installation with built-in internationalization was critical. “InstallAnywhere allows for exceptionally quick localization of all visible installation components. This has saved us an incredible amount of development effort and is now basically a non-event in delivering product,” said Kiger.

As leading-edge software companies like BEA move toward an anytime, anywhere distribution model, they will continue to look for solutions such as InstallAnywhere for their application infrastructure needs.

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From a single project file and build environment, InstallAnywhere enables developers to create reliable installations for the broadest range of current  platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, AIX , HP-UX, and IBM iSeries.

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