Oracle Retooling E-Biz Suite

UPDATED: Oracle moves to certify its E-Business Suite applications for use with Oracle 10g.

Oracle Corp. is working to certify its E-Business Suite of enterprise applications for use with the companys forthcoming Oracle 10g database and application server, which will be optimized for grid computing.

Oracle officials said that the beauty of its Oracle 10g technology is that it will allow users to run the companys applications on a grid without modification. Nevertheless, Oracle as part its long-term development of E-Business Suite is augmenting proprietary applets, called forms, with Java. Once the forms are changed, the applications will potentially be able to run on any Java application server, freeing them from dependence on Oracle Application Server.

Oracle applications have always supported integration broker and message broker technologies in third-party application servers, an Oracle spokeswoman said, and further Java support will enhance that. The company will not transfer Oracle application logic to third-party application server, she added.

Sources familiar with the direction of Oracles application development, said this addition of Java servlets in Oracle E-Business Suite will give Oracle application customers the potential to use third-party application servers.

Traditionally, servlets provide a component-based, platform-independent method for building Web-based applications. Some of E-Business Suites self-service applications already have servlets, but Oracles latest effort will add servlets to the suites core transactional applications.

Oracle is expected to address its plans regarding E-Business Suite at its Oracle AppsWorld conference in San Diego this week. The company will also discuss an outsourcing strategy and a new radio-frequency identification component, according to company officials in Redwood Shores, Calif., who declined to be specific.

Nevertheless, Oracle customers are excited about the prospect of adding servlets to E-Business Suite.

"Thats huge," said Basheer Khan, senior director of IT at Vertex Systems Inc., an Oracle systems integrator and Oracle E-Business Suite customer in Los Angeles. "But Oracle has a challenge there. ... [I suspect] Oracle will open up the applications [to run on third-party application servers], but there will be features that work best on the [Oracle 10g] application server, so theyll have an edge. Theyll put in some hooks and handles that make [the new] technology run best on their technology."

The Oracle 10g database and application server, which was announced last fall and is due this month, features new grid computing capabilities that Oracle applications cannot take advantage of until they are certified. The applications are certified to run on Oracles Real Application Clusters technology, the forerunner of Oracle 10g.

The process of certifying Oracles 11i E-Business Suite with 10g is expected in the next six months.

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