I saw a BEA press release the other day, and was feeling a bit cheeky tonight, so I threw this together. April is just too far away. 8-)
Press Release BEA embraces the Web for integration Friday April 1, 2005 6:00 am ET Regrets role in Web services. Vows to get down to business to solving customer integration problems. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- BEA Systems, Inc., the world's leading application infrastructure software company, today announced that it was discontinuing any further support of "Web services", and was announcing sweeping organizational changes that will better position it to produce high quality products that enable the creation of services built on the architectural principles that have made the Web such a success, including the constraints of the REST architectural style. "It boggles the mind to realize what a huge mistake had been made with Web services, and how this awesome integration platform - the Web - was right under our noses the whole time.", said CTO Scott Dietzen. "In retrospect, it's all so obvious, but that's small consolation when you consider how much time and money we've wasted these past few years". CEO Alfred Chuang added, "BEA is proud to be the first major application infrastructure software company to close the book on this dark chapter of IT history. We apologize to our existing customers for our role in this debacle, and look forward to working with them to help put their services where they belong, on the Web". The company also announced that David Orchard had accepted the role of Chief Architect of the newly formed Semantic Web group, whose mission will be to integrate the W3C's Resource Description Framework into BEA's products, enabling customers to further simplify data integration tasks. "That's still XML, right?", Dave was heard to say shortly after learning of his new assignment. About BEA BEA Systems, Inc. is the world's leading application infrastructure software company, providing the enterprise software foundation for more than 15,000 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic(R) brand are among the most trusted names in business. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 77 offices in 31 countries and is on the Web at www.bea.com.