Ellison Details Fusion Apps, Touts Exadata Server

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and rock star Roger Daltrey help Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wrap up the Oracle OpenWorld conference, which attracted about 35,000 people. Ellison delivers details on the Fusion Applications suite, which runs on Oracle's Fusion Middleware and Sun's Java.

SAN FRANCISCO-Oracle CEO and founder Larry Ellison, in the final keynote of Oracle OpenWorld Oct. 14 here at the Moscone Center, dazzled attendees with unexpected guests onstage, then served up some news: details about the company's software-as-a-service-enabled Fusion Applications middleware suite, something enterprise developers have been waiting to hear about for months.
The surprise guests were California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Who lead singer Roger Daltrey. Daltrey performed with his own band on the same bill with rock group Aerosmith at the conference's closing party that evening.
The Fusion Applications suite, which runs on Oracle's Fusion Middleware and Sun's Java, is a next-generation group of ERP and business applications designed for virtualized systems. The company described Oracle Fusion Applications on its site as, "service-enabled enterprise applications that can be easily integrated into service-oriented architecture," such as financial transaction systems.
The built-in advantages these applications will have over those of competitors, Ellison said, is that Oracle will automatically monitor and ensure guaranteed service levels.
"Fusion Apps are built to be SAAS- or cloud-ready so we are committing to their service level, which means we have to have a way to monitor their performance to make sure we are delivering the promised level of performance," Ellison said.
The first Fusion Apps suite will include modules for financial management, human capital management, sales and marketing, supply chain management, project management, procurement management, and governance, risk and compliance, he said.
However, after firing up the crowd by explaining all the whiz-bang features and advantages of the new suite, Ellison casually mentioned that it would be available at some point "next year." That's when a number of attendees turned to each other, rolled their eyes and threw their hands up in disappointment.
In addition to explaining Fusion Apps, Ellison introduced a new support portal to help users with similar configurations anticipate problems and fix and prevent technical issues in a collaborative manner.
"Once we fix something, why not put it out there and let everybody else who's doing the same thing learn from the experience?" Ellison asked.
To allay fears that Oracle may be too focused on future development to think about its legacy-system customers, Ellison assured IT decision makers that Oracle will continue to support legacy middleware-at least for the next 10 years.
"We understand users have enormous investments in things like e-business, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards [applications], and so we will continue to enhance those for the next decade," Ellison told the conference. "I think we are big enough of a company to maintain [the] software users have today and the software they will buy in the future. You will have a choice to move to the new applications when you want to."

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