Oracle Database Management Strategic Directions

1. Best Practices for managing Oracle database servers.
2. Oracle Fusion Middleware products like J2EE, ADF, XML, BPEL, SOA, Web Services, Discoverer...).
3. Oracle Application Servers and Apache.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Oracle Fusion: The Oracle Fusion Technical Platform

Oracle Fusion blog topics include:
  • Oracle Fusion: Service Oriented Architecture
  • Oracle Fusion: Java
  • Oracle Fusion: Internet Development Tools
  • Oracle Fusion: JDeveloper 10gR3
  • Oracle Fusion: Trubix Training Roadmap
  • Oracle Fusion: Key Components
  • Oracle Fusion: The Oracle Fusion Technical Platform
Oracle Fusion can be looked at from two perspectives: Oracle Fusion Applications and the Oracle Fusion Technology Platform. Oracle Fusion Applications will be the next generation of Oracle applications that will integrate Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel and Retek applications. The Oracle Fusion Technology Platform focuses on the technology components of Oracle Fusion Applications. This article is going to focus on the technology platform perspective. The Oracle Fusion technology platform addresses the technology components that are the center of Oracle Fusion Applications which include the Application Server, SOA, Web Services, J2EE, XML, BPEL, ADF, Identity Management, Portals, Grid and Single-Signon.

Oracle Fusion offers a standards based integrated solution for future middleware applications. In today's complex multi-tiered architectures this is a very important strategic direction. The alternative of putting together best of product solutions from different vendors can be a high risk approach. Integrating solutions from multiple vendors creates integration challenges in large complex environments. The integration issues often become cost prohibitive over a period of time. The down time, errors and maintenance costs of multiple vendor solutions can be significant.

I am not saying that best of breed solutions may not work well in the right environments. However, as middle-tier applications are moving towards SOA, Web Services, J2EE (or .NET), XML, BPEL, Identity Management, Portals, and Single-Signon, the complexity involved in integrating solutions across multiple vendors puts a tremendous burden on IT staffs. There is also high risk in relying on the interoperability of different vendor middleware solutions. A single vendor solution should reduce the interoperability, patch maintenance and upgrades of large applications.

Oracle Fusion offers an integrated solution for the middleware. The ability to customize and enhance these applications offers a better long term lower cost as well as less integration issues over a longer period. In delivering training courses and professional services across North America, here are some of the top perspectives we have received from customers on Oracle Fusion:
- It's so far out on the horizon, it is not a current issue.
- There is not enough information on Oracle Fusion to begin looking at it in any detail.
- Installing a new generation of Oracle Applications is a very scary thought. Kind of like how at the turn of previous century people slowly started to consider giving up their reliable horse and buggies for loud smoky automobiles. The future direction is not always an easy one to move to.
- DBAs still do not understand how it is going to impact them.
- Implementing SOA, Web Services, XML, Identity Management, etc. presents significant challenges and most organizations are just beginning to try and understand the scope of them.

It is important to understand that the technology side of Oracle Fusion is very involved from a complexity perspective. It is not going to be easy to make the transition from a technology perspective. However, anyone that is going to modify or enhance Oracle Fusion applications is going to have to understand the underlying technology. This is not a small feat and is going to be a challenge for a lot of organizations. The Oracle Fusion Technology Platform has its advantages but also brings its own set of challenges and issues. Following articles are going to include what are things to watch out for and how to prepare yourself for Oracle Fusion. Its going to be important to make sure you do not look at Oracle Fusion through rose covered classes.

From a middleware applications perspective, on a smaller scale there are also strong development alternatives. If your are going to implement future Oracle applications you are going to have to learn the Oracle Fusion Technology Platform. If you are building your own applications there are also excellent alternatives with .NET, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Flash, APEX, etc.

Any thoughts on Oracle Fusion applications must address the business priorities, costs and the return on investment. It is also going to be important for organizations looking at Oracle Fusion to understand the technology skills they are going to need to implement, maintain, deploy and customize Fusion applications.


At 11:36 AM, Blogger Spanky said...

I went to an Oracle conference with my with in 2006 in Orlando,Fl.I was able to sit in on the Fusion class and to me it was a very intereting envrioment!I'm a truck driver by trade and my wife is a Senior HRIS analyst with extensive knowledge of Oracle.I wanted to ask you if you can suggest a route for me to learn Oracle?My only exposure to Oracle is through my wife.I would love to learn!Something entry level?I would appreciate any advice you can offer.You can contact me via you in advance for you time


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