ATG Ships Dynamo For BEA's App Server

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Art Technology Group Monday is slated to release its Dynamo e-business applications suite for BEA Systems' WebLogic application server.

It's the first in a series of editions of Dynamo for other vendors' application servers. ATG, based here, is also developing ports of Dynamo to Sun Microsystems' iPlanet application server, IBM's WebSphere application server, and the application server Hewlett-Packard attained when it acquired Bluestone last year.

ATG said late last year it is also developing Dynamo for Oracle's application server.

"We had to do some little tweaks [to Dynamo because of how [the vendors' application servers interpret the J2EE spec," said Jim Marino, product manager at ATG. Each vendor, he said, makes small changes to certain portions of the J2EE specification.

Marino said a version of Dynamo for the WebSphere application server is slated to ship at the end of the quarter. The order of shipment of the remaining editions of Dynamo is not yet known, Marino said, though he did say it will be based on "what the market is doing."

ATG executives signaled last summer that they were shifting the company's development focus in response to a plethora of application servers on the market. While still continuing to market its own application server, ATG's focus will be on developing e-commerce and personalization applications for other companies' servers.

"[Nevertheless, we have 700 customers that run on our application server," said Tom Carlin, director of product management for ATG's portals group. "When it comes down to it, we are committed to our [own application server."

ATG Monday was trading down slightly at $4. The company is expected to release its fourth-quarter and 2001 financial results next week.

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