Oracle Previews the Fusion Platform

November 16th, 2007 - 9:11 pm ICT by admin  

At Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this week, attendees have been getting their first real glimpse of how the respective capabilities of service-oriented architecture (SOA), grid computing, and Web 2.0 have been tightly integrated into Oracle’s Fusion Middleware — a standards-based platform for enabling enterprises to develop, deploy, and manage business applications on the Internet.

Fusion will enable the deployment of new service-oriented applications to Web-enabled legacy systems, to integrate those applications with each other, and to build more flexible business processes, said Oracle senior vice president of server technologies Thomas Kurian. “It will truly transform the way businesses of all sizes create and distribute modern applications,” he predicted.

Social Networking for Enterprises

Through Fusion, already familiar social-networking capabilities — such as wikis, blogs, and RSS feeds — are expected to find their way into enterprise applications in a big way.

“What social networking is really all about is allowing people to interact with each other and to do it outside of the medium of e-mail, which is certainly great for one-to-one communication but much more cumbersome from one to many,” noted senior vice president of applications Ed Abbo.

Oracle’s goal is to enable business customers to likewise “form communities as well as propose, execute, and move their ideas forward,” Abbo explained.

Oracle Database — a key Fusion component — will store Web 2.0 content in XML as well as publish structured and unstructured database content as RSS feeds. Yet another Fusion stack member, called Oracle Applications, will enable Web 2.0 capabilities to become embedded right into Oracle’s existing software.

With Fusion, tools such as Google Gadgets and Yahoo Widgets can be used to build mini desktop applications that contain useful enterprise data. “The application strategy itself is really centered on providing customers with a choice of what platforms and releases to be on,…

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