Oracle Database Management Strategic Directions

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Oracle Fusion Middleware Strategic Briefing

BEA Welcome and Oracle's Middleware Strategic Briefing

I just finished listening to the BEA Welcome and Oracle's Middleware Strategic Briefing by Charles Phillips (President) and Thomas Kurian (Senior Vice President) at Oracle.   As part of the user community, I heard a lot of good things in this presentation.  Oracle is continuing to excel at integrating acquisitions into their strategic directions.  The strategic roadmap for integrating BEA into Oracle Fusion Middleware looks like a win for Oracle and BEA customers. The entire presentation can be replayed using RealPlayer.

Overall, I was impressed with Thomas Kurian's details of the BEA integration into Oracle and how that impacts Oracle Fusion Middleware technology.  Thomas Kurian emphasized:
  • Oracle's solution offers a unified solution make up of modular components. 
  • Key areas continue to be SOA, business intelligence, content management, Web 2.0 and process management.
  • There is a clear well-defined strategy for Oracle and BEA products.   This will increase customer choices for how to implement their middleware solutions.
  • Oracle will continue to increase its investment in middleware technology.
  • Oracle has a number of local events planned for BEA customers and partners.

Key Points in Briefing

The key points that stood out to me:
  • Oracle's Application Integration Architecture (AIA) is demonstrating that Oracle picked the right framework for integrating Oracle and standards based solutions into enterprise solutions.  AIA is showing flexibility as Oracle technology evolves.
  • The Oracle Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is still going to have JDeveloper as the key development tool but will also use an Oracle Eclipse Pack that will address all the BEA developers that have worked with Eclipse for years.    This allows developers have have grown up with the Oracle JDeveloper tool and open source developers that use Eclipse to choose their IDE development tool of preference.
  • Oracle ADF will continue to be a key strategic piece of developing web based applications.
  • Oracle BPEL Process Manager will continue its key role in the SOA strategy.
  • Oracle Business Rules and BAM are going to continue their strategic roles.
  • BEA technology in areas where the BEA products or components excel, are going to be integrated into the Fusion Middleware modular components.  Products like JRocket and parts of AquaLogic will strengthen Oracle Fusion Middleware in the future.
  • In areas where there is overlap between Oracle and BEA products, there is going to be some merging of products.  This is something that should surprise no one.  Customers are going to have to address this transition area.
  • BEA customers will be able to continue to use BEA products for existing support lifespans and no forced migration strategies are in place.
  • BEA developer and technology groups will move into the OTN online community.
  • SOA governance will include BEA AquaLogic Repository, Oracle Web Services Manager, EM SOA Management Pack, BEA AquaLogic Services Manager as key pieces.
  • Enterprise Portals will use Oracle WebCenter, BEA WebLogic Portal, BEA Commerce Services, BEA Collabra, BEA Pathways and BEA Ensemble as key components.
  • The Oracle Service Bus will integrate the Oracle ESB and BEA's service bus.

As the old saying goes, "the devil is in the details".  However, the roadmap is clear and looks like a big win for Oracle and BEA customers.   I liked knowing that my knowledge investment in areas such as Oracle ADF, BPEL, Oracle Business Rules and the Oracle Application Server continue to play a major role in Oracle Fusion Middleware.  I also like knowing that leading edge components in BEA are going to integrate into the modular component design of Oracle Fusion Middleware.   BEA technologists are going to have a larger transition.

Oracle Middleware expertise is going to continue to play a larger and larger role in the IT industry as Oracle Fusion applications start rolling out and as customers want to protect their current customizations to make sure they integrate into next generation business applications.





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