The single most important

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 2004-01-26 Print this article Print

thing to one user"> "This is the single most important thing to me, the coupling of their applications with 10g," said Bill Streb, manager of Oracle strategy, platform and projects at Xerox Corp., which runs one of the largest Oracle application installations. "The apps on 10g start to give you the ability to run nonstop processing."

Streb runs 54 implementations of Oracles software in Xerox plants around the world, in addition to running Oracle applications for purchasing and finance organizations. "Because I have 61 applications, I see the difficulty of upgrades and interactions between the products," said Streb in Rochester, N.Y. "Today, it might take me three days to do a major upgrade. I believe [Oracle] has things that [bring that time to] sub-6 hours on the drawing board. With 10g, I should be nearly there."

Oracles replacement of its proprietary forms with a more open component is akin to e-business applications rival SAP AGs move over the last couple of years to open up its monolithic architecture by combining its proprietary Business Application Programming Interface language with Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition in its application server. Like SAP, Oracle will likely face challenges as it moves forward.

"In both cases, they have some antiquated and specific programming environments, tools and other mechanisms that they have as legacy that is very difficult for companies to get over," said Jim Murphy, an analyst with AMR Research Inc., in Boston. "[The redesign] is not going to come without its struggles for customers."

Murphys caveat for Oracle customers: Applet-to-servlet migration will not prove a huge problem if they havent customized their applications.

"If they customized, there is going to be a problem," Murphy said. Even with the servlets, Oracle will likely make it less expensive to use the Oracle application server over third-party software, he said.

Editors Note: This story was updated to include corrected information for inaccurate or incomplete information supplied by the company.


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