Homogeneity Problem

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-04-23 Print this article Print

The homogeneity problem. I talked to Mike Herald, a consultant with Pronto North America, in Eden Prairie, Minn., and another TCM panel member. As he pointed out, there are no big shops that dont have a mix of this and that, whether youre talking databases, operating systems or hardware. Everybodys running heterogeneous shops. But with Oracle, if you start out with one flavor, youre stuck. The migration path isnt there. If you start out on Unix, youve got to stay on Unix. Same thing with Linux. Plus, its all got to be done with Oracle databases. And just forget trying to run an NT operating system. After all, as Herald put it and as we all know, Larry wants Bill to go away. End of story.
Whats the compelling business value?
This is the main crux of the TCM platforms argument. As Vaidyanatha puts it, if youre an Amazon.com, youve likely got an aggressive upgrade timeline. One concrete example of a compelling business reason to upgrade is exemplified by Heralds wife, who recently deployed 10g in order to remain consistent with Oracle Developments path for Java application deployment, which would enable effective integration with the Oracle customer relationship management (CRM) applications at a later date. She was working on an application for gathering and configuring end-customer order requirements. Each order for a specific end customer was highly customized, making order information-gathering in the current manual system a very complex and error-prone process. The project, which rang in for about $1 million, deployed using Oracle 10g and following Oracles CRM standards for Java application deployment. 10g has been very successful, Herald reports, in its addressing of the issues at hand, whereas 9i wouldnt allow the proper use of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) without implementing a multitude of bug fixes. No compelling reason to use EJB? No compelling need to rush to an untried platform? Dont drink the Kool-Aid. Join us, The Cautious Majority, and take the tried-and-true, wait-and-see stance toward 10g. Write to Lisa Vaas at lisa_vaas@comcast.net. eWEEK.com Database Center Editor Lisa Vaas has written about enterprise applications since 1997. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at http://database.eweek.com for the latest database news, views and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com database news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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