Oracle Eyes the ALM
Market"> The billion dollar figure represents the whole of Oracles Fusion Middleware, of which the Oracle Application Server is a key component, company officials said. Oracle started on the road to delivering ALM solutions last year, when the company announced some relevant capabilities with Configuration Support Manager, which is part of Oracle Premier Support.Oracles ALM plans are meeting some skepticism."I think that Oracle can provide ALM capabilities specific to Oracle applications," said Carey Schwaber, an analyst with Forrester Research. "In fact, Oracle is already starting to do so. But I am very skeptical about their ability to provide ALM capabilities that span their own applications and either third-party applications or custom applications." Schwaber said she sees no signs Oracle "will be able to break down the silos that exist around packaged applications. Smaller shops that use Oracle for 80 percent of their development may opt to use Oracle ALM capabilities for their non-Oracle development as well, but these shops will most definitely be in the minority." Kurian said Oracles focus on openness will obviate those concerns. He said the company has watched IBM and Microsoft and he is convinced Oracle has a shot here. Meanwhile, who will be building the technology for Oracle? "Some of the people doing the work are developers coming out of Siebel [Systems]," Farrell said. Oracle completed its $5.8 billion acquisition of Siebel in January 2006. Click here to view a slide show about the top Web technologies of all time. Some of the developers working on Oracles new ALM solutions "are coming off a Siebel project where they did a lot of home-grown, large-scale ALM work, and theyve been spending a lot of time researching what [Microsofts Visual Studio] Team Studio has been doing and what [IBMs] Jazz has been doing," Farrell said. In addition, "we have a key guy who is an architect were bringing in who is known in this space," he said. "But the goal is to sort of do what Microsoft did when they started Visual Studio Team System," which was to start from scratch and build out its own solution with resources from its internal ranks and recruited from companies that have been successful creating ALM tools. "Our targets are much the same as what Team System is trying to do and what Jazz is trying to do," Farrell said. "But you just dont go in and say heres our solution, replace everything you have." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.