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.
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.