A smooth fit
So far, Oracle has certified the Oracle eBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards and Retek retail application software to work with Fusion Middleware, Kurian said. Oracle has already started the certification process with the I-Flex banking software it acquired in August, Kurian said. "Certainly, Siebel will fit into this architecture very smoothly," he said. In addition, it forms the backbone of grid computing environments and identity management systems, he said. Tod Nielsen, Oracles recently hired senior vice president for systems marketing, said he only decided to leave his position as chief marketing officer at BEA Systems Inc. after being convinced that Oracle is serious about building up its middleware business.Before making a decision to join Oracle, he said he asked probing questions to find out "Does Oracle really care about the middleware or are they just attaching it to the database sales?" He found that year over year since 2001 and through the current year, Oracle has the fastest-growing middleware suite. "The one missing piece has been an awareness in the marketplace that we are players here," Nielsen said. To counter that, Oracle presented two separate panels of corporate customers that are using Fusion Middleware. Major enterprises, including Cisco Systems Inc., ResortQuest Inc. SunGard, SCT and Sumitomo Mitsubishi Silicon USA have implemented Fusion Middleware to integrate key business applications. Cisco is essentially an Oracle-based organization that runs Oracle applications and the relational database in combination with the Fusion middleware Application Server 10g to provide single-sign-on capabilities for all the applications, said David Ott, an infrastructure architect with Cisco, in San Jose, Calif. ResortQuest, a vacation rental service, deployed Fusion Middleware because it used a combination of nearly every Oracle ERP application and database with open-source software such as the Tomcat Java application server from the Apache Software Foundation, said Brian Rasmussen, ResortQuests chief technical architect. The company, Rasmussen said, did an extensive evaluation of the middleware products out there and decided to go with Fusion because "we wanted to make sure we got a single-point solution" that would work with the service-oriented architecture ResortQuest was building into its Web applications. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
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