One of the biggest stumbling blocks to adopting Oracle Corp.s major new release—Oracle Database 10g—will soon be overcome, as PeopleSoft Inc., Oracle itself and SAP AG ready 10g-certified applications that will be out in the fastest certification release cycle ever for a major Oracle database release.
Ken Jacobs, vice president of product strategy for the Redwood Shores, Calif., company, told eWEEK.com that Oracle applications will be certified on 10g within weeks, or "probably in June."
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Version 5.9 will be certified on 10g with what Jacobs described as "a little interoperability patch set" for the applications. Subsequently, Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Version 5.10 will be certified on the first patch set for Oracle Database 10g, which will be released in late May or June, Jacobs said.
This certification schedule—Oracle Database 10g was released only in January—is a surprisingly quick turnaround when compared with past major database releases, Jacobs said. "This is by far the earliest ever," he said. "Its taken two years sometimes, which is very disappointing."
According to Jacobs, SAP has indicated that its applications will be certified on 10g in the first quarter of 2005. Jacobs said that will be the fastest turnaround ever for SAP to certify on a major Oracle database release.
Ditto for PeopleSoft, which is on track to certify on 10g by this summer, Jacobs said, in spite of "all the activity" between Oracle and PeopleSoft regarding Oracles hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft. "It shows that at the engineering level, were still able to get something done together," Jacobs said.
Both the early rollout of certified applications and the fact that the first patch set is due out in a matter of weeks mean that enterprises should update to 10g "now," Jacobs said, rather than letting the "dot-zero" syndrome keep them from getting their hands on a major release before important applications are certified and before all of the bugs have been worked out.
Getting on board with 10g earlier rather than later was the main gist of Jacobs opening keynote Monday at the International Oracle Users Group Live 2004 conference in Toronto. Another interesting tidbit from the keynote was Jacobs statement that 11i is experiencing between 20 percent and 30 percent performance improvements running on 10g as compared with Oracle9i, which he said is yet another reason to upgrade quickly.