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September/October 2009

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Modern Middleware

By Caroline Kvitka

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g delivers capabilities for next-generation business challenges.

With the needs of the modern enterprise in mind, Oracle has unveiled Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, its next-generation middleware platform. This complete, integrated, hot-pluggable, and best-of-breed application infrastructure offers increased agility and intelligence for business applications while enabling organizations to exploit new hardware and software architectures for efficient IT execution and cost savings. The new platform simplifies the complexity of IT, while integrating the latest application infrastructure requirements for simplified development, SOA, business intelligence, cloud computing, business process transformation, service-oriented security, enhanced collaboration, and IT governance.

“We want to change the game of how people think of IT environments,” said Oracle President Charles Phillips at the first Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g launch event, in July 2009. “We’re trying to move our industry to a more prefabricated environment based on open standards where a lot of [components] have been engineered to work together. The only way we can do that is to have offerings up and down the entire stack and make them work together at the factory first.”

The components of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g include Oracle SOA Suite 11g, Oracle WebLogic Suite 11g, Oracle WebCenter Suite 11g, Oracle Identity Management 11g, Oracle development tools, and Oracle content management and business intelligence solutions.

Oracle SOA Suite 11g is a complete SOA platform that enables next-generation business applications by unifying the management and execution of system-, people-, and document-centric processes while simplifying service access, integration, orchestration, complex event processing, monitoring, and management.

Oracle WebLogic Suite 11g adds new levels of performance, operational insight, and automation for even greater application server uptime while reducing administration and hardware costs.

Oracle WebCenter Suite 11g provides a broad set of reusable, out-of-the-box Oracle WebCenter Services components that can be plugged into virtually any type of portal to improve productivity and enhance interactions between teams, departments, and customers.

Oracle Identity Management 11g is an application-centric identity management suite that delivers improvements in the speed of compliance and e-discovery exercises as well as improved user productivity and reduced business risk.

Oracle content management solutions for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g span management of Web content, documents, records, images and processes, and information rights.

Oracle business intelligence solutions deliver a full range of analysis and reporting capabilities.

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According to Phillips, Oracle has delivered a middleware stack that includes all of the services organizations need to build, deploy, manage, and secure their applications. “Any complex system that is not architected and engineered to work together is going to be costly, error prone, and not secure,” he said. “We’re the only company that has a set of services across all different [middleware] functions that is integrated and based on open standards.”

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g also provides the foundation for Oracle Application Integration Architecture, an integration solution for orchestrating agile, user-centric business processes across the enterprise. “Oracle Application Integration Architecture is the way we integrate our own applications,” said Phillips.

Oracle Application Integration Architecture allows customers to stop building proprietary integrations, he said. “With Oracle Application Integration Architecture, our customers stop struggling with proprietary integrations and start using certified, standard, Web services-based integrations. And when they upgrade their applications, those standard integrations are protected.”

 


Caroline Kvitka is senior managing editor of Oracle Magazine .


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