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Team Spotlight: John Aisien, Vice President, Product Management

Welcome to the team spotlight Q&A, where we introduce the team members behind the excitement and innovation in Oracle Fusion Middleware. For this edition, we meet John Aisien, vice president of product management for the Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products.

Q. Tell us about the professional journey that brought you to your current role.
A. My interest in enterprise computing started in the mid 1990s when I joined Gemini Consulting in the UK, where I did a lot of work as a project team member delivering resource planning implementations for European clients. I then moved to the United States in 1997, attended business school, and joined Thor Technologies, an identity management software firm. Its acquisition by Oracle in 2005 brought me here, and I have performed a number of product management roles within the Oracle Fusion Middleware development organization. My team and I support Oracle Fusion Middleware customers, partners, and the field globally, serving as a conduit to the development organization and providing sales support, training, and enablement, helping to increase awareness of the platform’s value across our global market.

Q. What energizes you most about your role?
A. I really enjoy two things. The first is interacting with customers, and by extension, the sales organization. Every interaction is different and generally represents an educational opportunity for all participants. But I also love my role as a proxy for the field and the market for my colleagues in core product development. They really trust us to provide insight into practical use cases for emerging trends such as mobile, enterprise social, and big data, and challenge us to ensure that we’re a source of relevant data and examples to serve as support for our product investment decisions.

Q. How do you see middleware evolving in the next five years or so?
A. Over the next five years, I expect that more and more emerging trends in enterprise computing will continue to take advantage of what we now know as middleware—a set of foundational services for any well-designed enterprise application. As the middleware market becomes better understood and continues to mature, I see its constituent elements becoming a prerequisite within any well-designed enterprise architecture.

Q. What are your top recommendations for companies hoping to maximize their middleware investment?
A. First, do the due diligence to make sure your project objectives are aligned with the design of the middleware products that you select—that is, make sure the products you’re adopting can support your detailed business goals. Second, build relationships with the key stakeholders who drive the evolution of your middleware platform or technologies of choice. Finally, maximize exploitation of prebuilt integrations between middleware components as part of a coherent platform, rather than taking on the responsibility for building and maintaining such integrations.

Q. As you speak with customers, what are some of the middleware implementation strategies you learn about?
A. I can categorize them across a couple of different dimensions. The first is the engagement model by which they implement—that is, do they do it in house, use a third-party firm, or do they work with Oracle? Or do they employ a hybrid model?

Another dimension that affects implementation strategies is whether business drivers require a big-bang implementation strategy, or whether the implementation can be done iteratively. We try to look at where customers fall across these and other categories so we can be as smart as possible about the assistance we provide.

Q. What is a little-known fact about you that nobody would guess when first meeting you?
A. This is a tough one, because I talk so much about my interests! But I am an avid soccer player and a maniacal Manchester United fan—I’ve been a fan since the 1970s, in the bad old days when it wasn’t at all popular to be a Manchester United fan, in the way that it is now.

Q. What free-time activities and interests do you enjoy?
A. Besides soccer, I love writing for pleasure. I keep journals, and write short stories and poetry. I also love traveling to obscure parts of the world—I recently visited some Mayan ruins in Honduras, which was quite special. And naturally, I love to spend time with my family.

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