Oracle Press Release

Oracle Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in All Three of the Latest Magic Quadrants for Application Infrastructure

Radwood Shores, Calif. – January 12, 2009

News Facts

With more than 85,000 middleware customers, Oracle is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant in each of the three new Gartner Magic Quadrants focused on application infrastructure. The Magic Quadrants include: Application Infrastructure for SOA Composite Application Projects; New Systematic SOA Application Projects; and Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects.
Gartner defines application infrastructure as the technology that underlies and enables development, deployment and execution of business applications. Other than the design and development tools — this technology is also often referred to as "middleware." i
Gartner Magic Quadrants position vendors within a particular market segment based on their completeness of vision and their ability to execute on that vision.

Leaders Quadrant in “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for New Systematic SOA Application Projects”

Oracle delivers with Oracle Fusion Middleware a best-in-class Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) engine, SOA Suite, metadata repository and business process management capabilities that make it easier for organizations to create SOAs
Gartner states in the Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for New Systematic SOA Application Projects that “New development of service-oriented business applications requires a complex collection of capabilities in runtime-enabling technologies and development tools. We examine the ability of leading application infrastructure vendors to provide complete end-to-end support for such projects.” ii
According to Gartner, those in the Leaders Quadrant in this Magic Quadrant “combine insightful understanding of the realities of the market, a reliable record, the ability to influence the market's direction, the capability to attract and keep a following, and the capacity to lead. A leader has the proven ability to deliver on its vision, and to support its customers through periods of stability, as well as periods of change. Leaders control most of the market's business activity, and are the primary influencers of market evolution.” iii

Leaders Quadrant in “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for SOA Composite Application Projects”

Oracle provides organizations comprehensive business process management, SOA, integration and development tools that support heterogeneous environments.
Gartner states in the Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for SOA Composite Application Projects that “this research aims at helping organizations select a comprehensive end-to-end application infrastructure to support composite application projects in the context of SOA and other initiatives.” iv
According to Gartner, “Leaders in this market are vendors with a proven and comprehensive composite-application-oriented product set, a sizable installed base of reasonably happy clients that are using the vendors' products to support front-end and back-end composite applications from top to bottom (for example, from user experience management to integration with established back-ends), an ample installed base of applications or platform middleware to which they can cross-sell their composite-application-oriented products, and a demonstrated ability to anticipate technology and market trends by extending their offerings with composite-application-enabling technology.” v

Leaders Quadrant in “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects”

The hot-pluggable architecture of Oracle Fusion Middleware's SOA Suite, and the highly successful Oracle BPEL Process Manager and Enterprise Service Bus, coupled with Oracle’s comprehensive line of adapters and pre-packaged integration applications for the Oracle Application Integration Architecture enable organizations to more easily integrate their heterogeneous back-end applications.
Gartner states that the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects “emphasizes product capabilities most relevant to projects that have, as their primary objective, integration of the back-end data and business logic of applications. These projects deliver increased cohesion and unified access to resources of purchased packages; enterprise legacy products; and applications that are new and custom-designed from other relevant enterprises or that are provided by service providers.” vi
According to Gartner, those in the Leaders Quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects “are vendors with a proven and comprehensive integrated product set, as well as a sizeable installed base of reasonably satisfied clients that extends internationally. They have an ample installed base of products to cross-sell their integration solutions to, and have demonstrated their ability to anticipate technology and market trends over the years by extending their offerings with composite, application-enabling technology. Leaders manifest their understanding of the problem space by providing innovative features, and by extending their integration technology to support initiatives, such as SOA and BPM.” vii

Supporting Quotes

“Oracle is number one in middleware and we believe Gartner’s Magic Quadrants further confirm our leadership in helping customers build, manage and deploy business critical applications,” said Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president, Oracle Fusion Middleware. “Customers in every industry, around the world rely on Oracle to provide the infrastructure and technology components that help provide maximum value from enterprise applications. Whether they are implementing SOA, undertaking back-end integration between applications or creating composite applications, Oracle is helping organizations maximize application development, create business and IT efficiencies, accelerate innovation and increase competitive advantage.”

Supporting Resources

About The Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrants are copyrighted 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and are reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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i “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for New Systematic SOA Application Projects,” Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Jess Thompson, Kimihiko Iijima, Daniel Sholler, December 19, 2008.
ii “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for New Systematic SOA Application Projects,” Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Jess Thompson, Kimihiko Iijima, Daniel Sholler, December 19, 2008.
iii “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for New Systematic SOA Application Projects,” Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Jess Thompson, Kimihiko Iijima, Daniel Sholler, December 19, 2008.
iv “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for SOA Composite Application Projects,” Massimo Pezzini, Yefim V. Natis, Kimihiko Iijima, Daniel Sholler, Jess Thompson, Dale Vecchio, December 19, 2008.
v “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for SOA Composite Application Projects,” Massimo Pezzini, Yefim V. Natis, Kimihiko Iijima, Daniel Sholler, Jess Thompson, Dale Vecchio, December 19, 2008.
vi “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects,” Jess Thompson, Daniel Sholler, Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Kimihiko Iijima, Raffaella Favata, Paolo Malinverno, December 19, 2008.
vii “Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for Back-End Application Integration Projects,” Jess Thompson, Daniel Sholler, Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Kimihiko Iijima, Raffaella Favata, Paolo Malinverno, December 19, 2008.