Oracle Says Fusion Middleware Market Growing Rapidly

By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2005-09-20 Print this article Print

Oracle discloses that its Fusion Middleware, a key supporting technology for its Project Fusion application strategy, is being used by more than 26,000 customers.

SAN FRANCISCO—Oracle Corp. Monday disclosed that more than 26,000 customers are using its Fusion Middleware, which will form the data access backbone of its Project Fusion application integration strategy. Oracle has been developing its middleware business since 2001, and the company claims that it is the fastest-growing middleware technology in the industry, eclipsing the growth rate of IBMs middleware offering. "This is a very exciting business for us," said Oracle President Charles Phillips at Oracle OpenWorld here Monday. "Our partners are excited they can get out of the middleware business" by installing the Oracle product rather than developing their own middleware to support application integration, Phillips said.
"This is a substantial, proven middleware stack," and it has enabled Oracle to gain the "most momentum" in the market, he said. The concept of connecting diverse applications with middleware services "is more important to our overall strategy than it ever has been," said Phillips.
Project Fusion is Oracles plan to create an integrated suite of the best components of all the ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications it has acquired over the past year. These wont be just mixed and matched components cherry-picked from the PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards or Siebel Systems product lines. They will be replications of the best features and technologies from those products reproduced in entirely new applications developed in Java, Phillips said. Phillips also told attendees that the company will provide "lifetime" support for its expanding list of applications. Click here to read more. Fusion Middleware is also an important component because virtually every enterprise today works in a heterogeneous data and application environment, said Thomas Kurian, Oracles senior vice president for Fusion Middleware development. Fusion Middleware provides six key capabilities for enterprises that are building Web-based applications, he said. This includes the ability to get different types of business intelligence out of a variety of data stores and for developing integrated suites of applications or data management tools. It is also a key component for linking disparate applications and for sharing information with customers through portals. Next Page: Building the foundation.

John Pallatto John Pallatto is's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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