InfoWorld reports that “BEA Systems on Wednesday announced its $87.5 million acquisition of Fuego, a business process management software (BPM) company. “
BEA finally accepts defeat that it has been unable to build out a BPM platform that is easy to use and will actually be adopted by its customer base. With Oracle and IBM leading the way with their BPEL offerings, BEA had fallen behind. Even Tibco made a smart acquisition last year.
And with this, BEA may have joined the league of several large software vendors that are increasingly incapable of building good products within. These companies increasingly turn into marketing and sales machines and are no longer the engine of innovation. They tend to be led by marketing and sales executives and not developer-executives.