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  • 5 August 2003 12:57

New alliance means reduced integration time for customers

Please find below a media release announcing a global partnership between Manugistics and BEA whereby Manugistics will offer its entire range of supply and demand chain management applications on BEA’s WebLogic Platform 8.1 software, which assists in integrating and managing enterprise applications.

This announcement has significant relevance to the local market, as Manugistics continues to expand its supply chain management and pricing and revenue optimisation customer base both in Australia and New Zealand.

BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 Chosen By Manugistics as Preferred Application Platform Suite

Leader in Supply and Demand Chain Management Selects BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 to Provide a Unified Services-Oriented Platform for Enhanced Productivity, Lower TCO and Faster ROI

SYDNEY, 5 August 2003 — BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), the world's leading application infrastructure software company, and Manugistics (Nasdaq: MANU), a leading global provider of supply and demand chain management solutions, today announced that Manugistics has chosen BEA WebLogic Platform™ 8.1 as the preferred application platform suite.

Manugistics plans to offer its entire suite of leading supply and demand chain management applications on BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1– a unified, simplified and extensible software foundation for building, integrating, extending, and managing enterprise applications. Manugistics’ decision was based on a comprehensive review of many application infrastructure products on the market. By selecting BEA, Manugistics can provide customers the flexibility to support their unique business processes, while reducing costs, enhancing margins and increasing revenues.

By building Manugistics’ supply and demand chain management solutions on BEA’s award-winning application platform suite, Manugistics’ customers can simplify the integration between disparate applications and systems, gain faster time-to-value for critical projects and streamline interaction between employees, customers and partners. BEA WebLogic Integration™ 8.1 utilises WebLogic Platform’s reusable control architecture to help enable Manugistics the ability to leverage existing IT assets, and accelerate time-to-value of more complete solutions for its customers. Manugistics is also planning to use BEA WebLogic Portal™ 8.1 to provide a unified portal framework that can simplify, personalise and lower the cost of customer, partner and employee access to information, applications and business processes. The companies also plan to collaborate in joint sales and marketing programs, and shared access to technology roadmaps.

“By developing and deploying our applications on BEA’s unified platform, Manugistics can focus our engineering resources on new business services instead of the development and integration of architectural components from many vendors,” said Tim Moylan, managing director, Manugistics, Australia and New Zealand.

“This rapid solution assembly model, based upon a services-based architecture, will increase development and implementation productivity and allow us to rapidly deliver configured solutions targeting the specific business process requirements of customers.”

“In three years the next generation of enterprise applications, from CRM to supply chain, will all run on open systems and standards-based application platform suites,” said Rick Jackson, vice president of product and solutions marketing, BEA Systems.

“BEA and Manugistics believe this trend can simplify and reduce the cost of building, integrating and extending applications and business processes for our customers. Just by having a simplified, common development environment, such as BEA WebLogic Workshop, customers can increase development and application integration speed and flexibility compared to alternate technologies.”

BEA has established a leadership position in the market for application platform suites by converging what have traditionally been distinct software products. These products include application servers, integration and portal software, and development tools. BEA offers these capabilities individually and as part of BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 which integrates the industry-leading application server, BEA WebLogic ServerTM; an award-winning enterprise portal, BEA WebLogic Portal; an innovative integration solution, BEA WebLogic Integration; and a visual development environment, BEA WebLogic WorkshopTM.

The first Manugistics’ applications incorporating BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 are scheduled to be available in early 2004.

If you are interested in speaking with Tim Moylan, MD of Manugistics, Australia and New Zealand, to discuss what this means for Manugistics and its customers in Australia and New Zealand, please do not hesitate to contact either Alex Hill or Julie Eubank on +61 2 9904 4533.

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About BEA BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is the world's leading application infrastructure software company, providing the enterprise software foundation for more than 13,500 customers around the world, including the majority of the Fortune Global 500. BEA and its WebLogic® brand are among the most trusted names in business. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., BEA has 81 offices in 34 countries and is on the Web at

About Manugistics Group, Inc. Manugistics is a leader in delivering innovative supply chain and demand chain optimisation software solutions. Today, more than 1,200 clients trust Manugistics to help them reduce costs, increase revenues and enhance margins. The company provides comprehensive solutions for supply chain management, demand and revenue management, service and parts management and supplier relationship management. Its clients include industry leaders such as AT&T, Airgas, BMW, Boeing, Brown & Williamson, Caterpillar, Circuit City, Coca-Cola Bottling, Continental Airlines, Diageo, DuPont, Fairchild Semiconductor, Ford Motor Company, Harley-Davidson, Nestle, RadioShack, Smith & Nephew and Unilever. For more information, go to

Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking, including the statements regarding the plans, goals, completion, implementation, benefits, and details of the relationship between BEA and Manugistics (“Global Partner”); the development efforts, product delivery and other goals related to this relationship; the features and benefits of BEA’s and Global Partner’s products; and technological and product trends. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: any unforeseen technical difficulties related to the development and optimisation BEA’s or Global Partner’s products; the timing of additional investments of resources by BEA and Global Partner related to any joint initiatives; any software errors related to BEA’s or Global Partner’s products or the integration thereof; and the impact of any new standards or competitive technologies. Readers should also refer to the risk disclosures set forth in BEA’s 10-Q for the quarter ended April 30, 2003 as filed with the SEC and subsequent reports filed thereafter by BEA from time-to-time with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof, and BEA does not assume any obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, continuing economic and political uncertainty, the timing and degree of business recovery, anticipated losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, unexpected competition, risks related to quarterly performance, risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations and strategic alliances, lengthening of sales cycles for software products and services, and the effectiveness of the cost reduction efforts undertaken by Manugistics and their impact on the company's ability to operate its business. A decreased demand for enterprise application software due to weakened economic conditions could result in decreased revenues or lower revenue growth rates. More information about factors that potentially could affect Manugistics' financial results is included in Manugistics filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 28, 2003 and Quarterly Report on form 10-Q for the period ended May 31, 2003. Manugistics assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this announcement.

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