Scott Dietzen, BEAs CTO, will be leaving the company to pursue interests in the consulting business.
Dietzens departure comes as part of a one-two punch that could harm the companys progress on its SOA (service-oriented architecture) strategy, known as Liquid Computing. The first blow came when senior vice president and chief architect Adam Bosworth left the company at the end of July to move to Google.
At JavaOne in San Francisco in June, Dietzen gave a keynote on SOAs and spoke of Javas role as a dominant architecture for business applications. Dietzen also laid out the strengths of BEAs Liquid Computing initiative as being a leading platform candidate for enterprises looking to build SOAs.
Meanwhile, news of Dietzens imminent departure was abuzz among a handful of developers during last weeks Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting in Redmond, Wash.
One analyst at the Microsoft event, asked whether the prospect of losing two of its top technical minds would impact BEAs progress, said: "I dont know that it will have any significant impact on current sales of the BEA application server, but should Dietzen leave in addition to Bosworth having just left, it would no doubt impact unfinished projects."
Anne Thomas Manes, an analyst with the Burton Group, put it more bluntly. "BEA is in a world of hurt," she said.
John Rymer, an analyst with Forrester Research Inc., called Dietzens departure alongside Bosworths "a huge blow."