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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Oracle Fusion Middleware:  Who Stole Mark Drake?

For a not so technical but far more entertaining introduction to Oracle Fusion Middleware, take a look at the suspense thriller “Who Stole Mark Drake?”.

Posted By: Michael Siebert

Who Stole Mark Drake

The folks at Oracle Studios have been hard at work, setting the stage for a modern game of stolen identity.  Starring a cast of international cyber cops and robbers, this 11 minute whodunnit tale takes you on a global journey across several time zones and continents.  Now I won’t spoil the ending, but I will tell you it

doesn’t

end with Larry firing a few RPG’s from his Italian jet fighter into an abandoned warehouse filled with eBay scammers (perhaps Oracle Game Studios can work on that one).  It probably won’t win any Academy Awards either - although the soundtrack isn’t too shabby.  It will, however, give you a good introduction to the various products and components of Oracle Fusion Middleware and how it all came together to answer the question of “Who Stole Mark Drake?”.  After the film is over and you’ve regained your composure, be sure to go through the nine “Debrief Videos” , each of which answers various questions about how the mystery was solved through the use of Oracle technologies such as the Customer Data Hub, BPEL Process Manager and BAM, and Oracle Identity Management to name a few.

If you’re like me, you’ve made a commitment for 2007 to better understand Oracle Fusion.  But what is Fusion?  Applications?  Architecture?  Middleware?  Actually, it can be all of these.  The good news is that there is plenty of information out there to help us sort through the confusion about Fusion.  I’ll be focusing on the trials and tribulations of my journey to better understand the various concepts, products, and components of Oracle Fusion in future posts.  Until then, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

OOW06 Ten Things You Can Do To Prepare for Fusion Applications

Confused about Fusion?  You shouldn’t be.  Although Fusion Applications are years away, there are many components of Fusion Middleware that are available today to help get you one step closer to Fusion Applications.

I’ve sat through several sessions and keynotes regarding Release 12, Fusion Middleware, and Fusion Applications.  The message from John Wookey, Cliff Godwin, Nadia Bendjedou, and others has been consistent - You don’t need to wait for the release of Fusion Applications to start preparing for Fusion.  Moving to Fusion Applications will require new skills and experience to install, configure and support the new Applications Suite.  However, many of the tools and technologies for Fusion Applications are available today and can be leveraged with 11i10 and/or Release 12, allowing you to get a head start on preparing your environment and staff for Fusion Apps.

I must not have been the only one to complain, as they moved Dr. Nadia Bendjedou’s session “Oracle E-Business Suite Customers: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Oracle Fusion Applications” to a larger room.  Despite the fact the room held almost 500 people, it was still standing room only for some.  There is obviously a lot of interest in Fusion, and the good news is you don’t have to wait years to start preparing today.  Nadia’s presentation focused on both best practices as well as product components, and listed 10 items e-Business Suite customers should start focusing on now:

Top 10 List

  1. Rethink your customization strategy
  2. Consider Master Data Management (MDM)
  3. Move to SOA-based integration
  4. Extend your business intelligence portfolio
  5. Adopt enterprise reporting and publishing
  6. Secure your global enterprise
  7. Consider grid computing
  8. Centralize your lifecycle management
  9. Upgrade to the e-Business Suite R12
  10. Prepare a Fusion project plan

Each of these items is a topic in and of itself.  My plan is to go into more detail on each one in future posts.  Items 1, 9 and 10 focus more on best practices, where the remaining items focus on the product technologies behind the EBS.  There have been numerous sessions on Release 12 and Fusion Applications, and the good news is I’ve been able to take some good notes in many of them.  Post a comment or start a thread in the forum to let me know which topics interest you most.

For those who have been following along, today is the last day of the conference.  Several good sessions remain, and then it’s off to the airport to catch an overnight flight back home to Charlotte.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Oracle Fusion for SAP R/3 Customers

An eye for an eye. Oracle recently announced an initiative named OFF SAP, the objective of which is to try and win over SAP R/3 customers who have to pay to upgrade to mySAP ERP or mySAP Business Suite. This seems to be in response to the SAP Safe Passage Programme, which is designed to lure PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Retek users away from Oracle.

Details of the programme are contained in an Oracle press statement, an excerpt of which states:

Under the new program, Oracle Fusion for SAP or “OFF SAP,” Oracle will offer SAP R/3 customers up to a 100% license credit, to switch from SAP to Oracle applications. Additionally, as part of “OFF SAP,” Oracle Consulting is announcing a new, free INSIGHT for SAP Migration offer, which includes a discovery workshop for R/3 customers that results in an assessment of the customers’ specific migration plan. With INSIGHT for SAP Migration, Oracle Consulting will provide customers with a clear understanding of the migration process and benefits. Oracle Financing will offer a two-year payment plan for the application license and support fees, with no interest and no payments for six months, followed by six installments. Together, these programs will allow customers to quickly begin receiving value from their Oracle applications, mapping payments to benefits over two years.

SAP requires customers who choose to upgrade from SAP R/3 to mySAP ERP or mySAP Business Suite to re-license and re-implement the applications, which can cost customers significant amounts of time and money. “Oracle has evolved customers with us for nearly three decades across multiple generations of technology,” said Charles Phillips, president, Oracle. “94% of Oracle E-Business Suite customers are running on the latest applications - Release 11i. SAP, however, seems to be requiring customers to re-license their applications to upgrade to SAP’s latest technology. Only 6% of SAP’s customers have upgraded to mySAP ERP, according to a leading analyst firm. Now they have a low cost alternative to stop paying for upgrades and get OFF SAP.”

Mmm…. I’m not convinced this will be enough to lure SAP customers away. Whatever the case, if you’re considering migrating either way, now would probably be a good time to do it.

Friday, June 10, 2005

TimesTen acquired by Oracle

Another acquisition by Oracle!! Here, they’ve announced the purchase of TimesTen, Inc., a leading provider of real-time data management software, to extend Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware.

An article entitled Oracle adds to database portfolio with TimesTen by Martin LaMonica, has a very good write up. It quotes Andrew Mendelsohn, Senior VP of Oracle Database Server Technologies as saying:

By buying the company, Oracle gains tools for storing data and transactions in a server computer’s memory, rather than on disk. That in-memory data storage and caching capability provides tools coveted by Oracle’s high-end customers with demanding data-processing jobs.

Looks like the poll I ran the other day on Oracle over extending itself is rather timely. Time for another one!!

Monday, June 06, 2005

Is Oracle spreading itself too thin?

I came across an article by Edmon Begoli at ITtoolbox entitled Oracle is Spreading Itself Too Thin. The conclusion of the article states:

I am afraid that Oracle will find itself in a position where their market share will just shrink due to their over-reaching product line. In their core competencies they will find DB2 and open source databases catching up with them, and taking away the data base space, and in the other areas they will have hard time keeping up with a more focused competition (Novell, IBM, Microsoft, SAP).

Certainly, Oracle is going to have its hands full with Project Fusion over the next couple of years so they will to have to ensure there is a strategy in place to maintain and build their competitive advantage. What do you think? I’d be interested to hear your comments and have your votes in the poll.

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