BEA Systems, Inc. is a subsidiary of Oracle Corporation, specializing in enterprise infrastructure software products known as "middleware", which connect software applications to databases.
BEA began as a software company, founded in 1995 and headquartered in San Jose, California. It grew to have 78 offices worldwide at the time of its acquisition by Oracle.
The company's name is an acronym of the first names of the company's three founders: Bill Coleman, Ed Scott and Alfred Chuang. All were former employees of Sun Microsystems, and launched the business in 1995 by acquiring Information Management and Independence Technologies. These firms were the largest resellers of Tuxedo, a distributed transaction management system sold by Novell. BEA soon acquired the Tuxedo product itself, and went on to acquire other middleware companies and products, including ObjectBroker and NCR's Top End product.
In 1998, BEA acquired the San Francisco start-up WebLogic, a very early implementor of Sun Microsystems' J2EE specification. WebLogic's re-branded server formed the basis of BEA's WebLogic application server sold today.
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