Version 11i.10 leverages the newly released Oracle 10g application server for third-party integration, officials said. The application server includes adapters, data translation and transformation capabilities, business process integration, and business activity monitoring. The hub runs on the latest version of the E-Business Suite technology, the 9.R2 version of Oracles namesake database and its namesake application server. An integration server enables companies to model and integrate public processes. A data library cleans and enriches data.Oracles strategy shift comes two years after enterprise applications leader SAP began opening up its R/3 applications with the NetWeaver integration stack. Competitors PeopleSoft Inc. and Siebel previously began to move toward easier integration as well. "[Our] overall services and integration are comparable to NetWeaver," said Godwin. "They represent a general integration framework." Oracle is undergoing a longer-term process to make its applications more open by replacing an older technology, called forms, with a newer, more open, Java-based interface, Godwin said. Oracle customers welcomed the companys embrace of the heterogeneous IT architecture. Jim McDowell, director of e-business strategy at Inter-Tel Inc., in Phoenix, said Oracles integration strategy gives him another alternative to collaborate with partners. "I have 400 partners and distributors interacting with the exchange of data," said McDowell, who runs Oracles E-Business Suite. "Any time [Oracle] opens another door to connectivity to other systems, its a good thing." Correction A Jan. 26 story incorrectly reported the relationship between Oracle Corp.s addition of Java to its E-Business Suite of applications and its effort to certify the applications for use with its 10g technologies. The two are not related. In addition, Oracle applications have been able to operate to some degree with third-party application servers.
In addition to data synchronization, users can build their own applications using the hub. But the goal is to bring in more information to support business reporting, not true application development, said Cliff Godwin, Oracle senior vice president of application technology.