Oracle plans to combine two of its web services products to make it easier for developers to set security policies for applications built using its Oracle BPEL Process Manager software.

Because Oracle plans to combine the BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) tool with its Oracle Web Services Manager product, software developers will no longer have to spend as much time explicitly writing out security policies while using the BPEL Process Manager, said Prakash Ramamurthy, vice president of server technologies with Oracle. "We are providing a way for our customers to separate security from the applications developers," he said. "The products now are aware of each other's presence, so they will now be able to pass specific information to each other."

Instead of purchasing a separate web services orchestration engine and security tool, customers will now be able to purchase a combined product, Ramamurthy said.

BPEL is a language based on XML (Extensible Markup Language) that gives developers a way of describing business processes as Web services. Developed by the Oasis Consortium, it expected to play an increasingly important role in online commerce.

Ramamurthy did not say when the combined product would be available or what it would cost.