Oracle Outlines Fusion Middleware

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 2006-10-25 Print this article Print

At OpenWorld, Oracle Server Tools Senior VP Thomas Kurian says organizations should use Fusion Middleware to transform to a services-based business.

SAN FRANCISCO—During his Oct. 24 keynote address here at OpenWorld, Oracle's annual user conference that brings together Oracle E-Business, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Siebel customers under one roof, Thomas Kurian laid out the components of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Kurian's intent: persuade the hordes of users in attendance to use Fusion Middleware in their organizations to transform to a services-based business.

"We've grown Fusion Middleware from nothing in 2001 to over $1 billion [in revenues] in just five years," said Kurian, the senior vice president of Oracle Server Tools. "Many of the leading companies in the world use Fusion Middleware to drive their Internet transformation. Why don't you as well?"

During his hourlong address, Kurian laid out most of the existing products and components within the Fusion Middleware suite—essentially a compilation of anything that doesn't fall into the database or application buckets at Oracle. He talked about the Oracle application server development environment and tools, the business process automation suite, business intelligence suite and identity management suite.

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Kurian also described the components and capabilities of the Oracle SOA (service-oriented architecture) suite, which brings to the fore the company's BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) Engine, a key component of Fusion Middleware for enabling process orchestration—the meat in an SOA.

While he did not talk about a future direction for Fusion Middleware—many analysts believe the technology stack is fairly complete—Kurian did outlined two new offerings that are now part of the Fusion Middleware family: Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition 10g Release 3; and Oracle WebCenter Suite, a composite application development and Web 2.0 collaboration environment all rolled into one. Oracle BI Suite EE 3 is essentially Siebel analytics brought under the Oracle roof and integrated.

The BI Suite EE 3 is integrated at a number of different points throughout the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack, including the BI Publisher, Oracle BPEL Process Manager and Oracle Portal.

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