Oracle to Add Enterprise

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 2007-11-13 Print this article Print

2.0 Features to Fusion"> "Oracles moving in the right direction, but the devils always in the details," said Forrester Research analyst Kyle McNabb. "Their Fusion Middleware strategy really sings when Siebel, PeopleSoft and eBusiness apps, especially considering how many of them are very transactional data focused but now can embrace content, collaboration and Web 2.0 features through Fusion." McNabb pointed out that in general Oracles strategy is not that different from what analysts are hearing from competitors. But Oracle does have something that often gets lost in the noise: Oracle Information Rights Management.
"Enterprises now, and even more so in the future, will not be able to dictate what tools their employees use to manage and consume information—employees may demand to use Google Apps, they may use Second Life for work, or they may use social sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook as a part of work," said McNabb.
"As they work in these environments, employees may bring important intellectual property (contracts, deals, designs for example) outside of secure, managed repositories, putting them at risk of being used incorrectly or lost all together, he said. "Oracle has an opportunity to evolve rights management to be more about general policy management, not just locking down assets from use, but putting policies on them to manage how employees can use them and what tools they can use them within," McNabb said. Click here to read about Oracles Application Integration Architecture. Thus if a company can set a policy to keep engineers from taking designs into Second Life, for example. The "engineers can still use designs, just not in Second Life," he said. Some additional upgrades in Fusion Middleware 11g include new services in the Oracle Application Server that make it easier to integrate applications, including the ability to create services from applications and virtualize them using Oracle Enterprise Service Bus and to integrate services through upgrades with Oracles BPEL Process Manager that enable system, human and document-centric processes, according to Kurian. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.


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