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.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Leveraging Technology

In today's global Internet environment we all see things are changing faster and faster every day.  The side effect of this is organizations and individuals push back by trying to keep everything the same. It's more important than ever that to be thinking about:
  • How do we continue to adapt our business processes for a world where technology is constantly changing?
  • What are our sources to make sure we have the correct business insight into open standards and open source and we are increasing value to our customers?
  • Do we periodically make sure sure we have the right focus and alignment between user centricity and our corporate goals?
  • How do we measure the Reliability, Availability, Service and Security (RASS) within our technical infrastructures?
"Even if you are not moving in the right direction as an organization, you should at least be pointed in the right direction".


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Database, Application, Internet and Middleware Wars

As a student of history I went and listened to Henry Kissinger once. He said before World War I there was a tremendous amount of prosperity in the western world but everyone new war was coming. He said there was no reason for World War I to ever have occurred but everyone at that time knew it was inevitable.

If you look at the IT industry today and the different acquisitions that are occurring you can start to see how the competitors and strategies are lining up. Here are a number of the key groups that will define direction and have an impact on where the IT industry is going. I picked these due to their capability to act as change agents:
  • Oracle - Database server, middleware, applications.
  • IBM - Database server, middleware, professional services.
  • SAP - Applications.
  • Microsoft - Operating systems and software.
  • Sun, HP and Dell - Hardware and professional services.
  • Internet companies - Google, Yahoo, YouTube, MySpace, etc.
  • Open Source - The companies, products and initiatives of the community.
  • Web 2.0 - Wikis, Blogs, Social networks, Mashups, etc.
  • The Internet - The power of connectivity and access.
  • Startup companies - The fuel for the Internet.
As I said previously, 2008 is going to be a very interesting year. I'm especially interested in the database and middleware arena. New features and releases coming out towards the second half of 2008 is going to create some very interesting redirections of the IT industry.

As an Oracle DBA or developer where do you see yourself in this Internet picture? Also, how are your skills evolving to stay marketable in this changing world?


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Oracle and Sun start 2008 with a bang

This may be an interesting year of acquisitions. Oracle's purchase of BEA and Sun's purchase of MySQL are definitely starting the year out with a bang. Red Hat's purchase of JBoss is also going to be interesting. As the Internet and open source continue to evolve daily, we can definitely expect more fireworks in 2008.

Oracle right now seems to be the master of acquisitions. Oracle has proven the great ability to successfully integrate the companies they purchase. From the purchases of J.D. Edwards, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Retek, Hyperion, etc. we can expect that Oracle has a strong integration strategy for BEA. The winners are going to be Oracle customers and middleware technologists. With the power of the core of WebLogic and AquaLogic being added to Oracle's middle tier, it will add a lot of power to Oracle as it goes toe to toe with IBM for the enterprise middleware space.

From a pure technoogy view, this is a great move for Oracle. For how much Oracle paid for BEA and what Oracle will do with BEA, I'll leave it to the industry analysts and wall street to determine if it was a good purchase. I've been busy enough on the Oracle side with the BPEL process manager, SOA Suite, XML and JDeveloper platform, I'm getting a headache thinking about WebLogic and AquaLogic. Does anybody else feel their head leaking when they think about middleware. The year 2007 was a banner year for Oracle acquisitions. It will be fun to see what Oracle does in 2008.

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Oracle to Acquire BEA

Today, January 16, 2008, Oracle announced an agreement to acquire BEA Systems, Inc. This is sure to bring new innovativeness to the strong middleware position Oracle currently has with Oracle Fusion Middleware. BEA is a strong leader in the middleware space. With this purchase we can all expect acceleration of the SOA and Java-based technologies Oracle is currently offering today. The interoperability of Oracle Fusion Middleware and BEA will offer customers more options and flexibility with middleware solutions in the future.

The middle-tier is playing an increasing role in database architectures with identity management, SOA, BPEL, XML and Java based applications. As customers requirements become more complex, the increased options and flexibility that this acquisition will bring is important to Oracle customers. This brings the power of Oracle's BI purchases such as Hyperion and the Web 2.0 and the SOA stack that BEA has. Instead of looking at this as Oracle purchasing BEA, it is also important to also look at the new stew ingredients that Oracle and BEA have with Hyperion, Web 2.0 components, AquaLogic, XML, SOA stacks, etc. When you look at the ingredients as if a stew is being put together, the components of this stew mix that Oracle and BEA can now set on the table is pretty interesting to middleware enthusiasts.

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