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Fusion Applications @ITC – Update 5th March 2012

Fusion Applications @ITC – Update 5th March 2012
In the last weeks, the IT Convergence senior management team had a formal meeting led by a Senior VP of Fusion in order to officially welcome ITC to the Early Adopter Program. It was a very productive meeting where some of the visions of the product were shared and how they will be helping with a team designated exclusively for ITC to support our implementation. As a result of that meeting, Oracle will be providing an Education plan and support on our on-going installation process, as well as Virtual Machines which will help us to speed up the deployment of the application and all its technical components.

Now that we talked about the technical components and in a previous post we shared all the media that was downloaded for the installation, let’s take a look at which are the technical components that are part of the Fusion Application’s architecture:

Oracle Weblogic Server

Oracle Weblogic Server is an application server for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications supporting the Oracle Applications portfolio.

The product was originally developed by a company called Weblogic starting in 1995. They were acquired by BEA systems in 1998, and BEA was acquired by Oracle in 2008. Oracle renamed the product Oracle Weblogic. The point is that the product has been one of the leading application servers long before Oracle ever acquired them. This means there is a large, existing install base and that the product is used for much more than just Oracle databases and applications.

What is an Application Server? It’s a piece of software that allows a database to be connected to an end user’s web browser. Small Java programs called applets are written by programmers. These applets are stored on the application server. The applets call data from the database and “serve” it to the end users browser. When a user enters data, such as a name, credit card or mouse click, the applets deliver that data to the database.

Virtually any complex web application requires a web application server. That means almost any company of size would own various applications that utilize application servers. The dollars for these projects are often owned by the IT department. In many companies with significant budgets for software development, there is an entire department and leadership team that may or may not roll up to the CIO. Because of the high head count and associated labor cost, this is one area that is heavily outsourced to India.

It’s obviously much more complicated as you go deeper into how it all works. There are big issues around anti-hacking security, speed, stability, user identity, scalability, etc. That means there are thousands of people working on various aspects of Web application servers. Gartner estimates that Oracle Weblogic owns 44% of the market.

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Oracle Identity Manager and Oracle Access Manager

These two products are part of a comprehensive identity management suite. Oracle Identity Manager 11g is core technology for role-based user provisioning and identity administration. Organizations can automate the process of adding, updating, and deleting both user accounts and attribute-level entitlements across enterprise resources.

Oracle Access Manager helps enterprises create greater levels of business agility, ensures smooth application integration, and enables regulatory compliance. Through an innovative modular architecture, Oracle Access Manager combines access control, session management, and system management services to provide centralized authentication, policy-based authorization, identity propagation, session controls, system diagnostics, agent management, and auditing. Protecting resources at the point of access and propagating the authenticated identity downstream, Oracle Access Manager secures enterprise applications while reducing cost, complexity and administrative burdens.

Starting this year, E-Business Suite users can take advantage of Oracle Access Manager -who was certified for EBS, and makes a smooth transition to Oracle Fusion Applications.

Big companies such as ING, Ross Stores and AARP are some examples of global organizations using Identity Management to solve their regulatory requirements using the best-of-breed solution.

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Oracle Golden Gate

In July 2009, Oracle acquired GoldenGate. Oracle GoldenGate 11g delivers low-impact, real-time data acquisition, distribution, and delivery across heterogeneous systems. Using this technology, enables cost-effective and low-impact real-time data integration and continuous availability solutions. Oracle GoldenGate offers tighter integration with Oracle technologies and applications, support for additional heterogeneous systems, and improved performance.

Oracle GoldenGate is the best replication software and it is very easy to configure and deploy it in a large scale environment. It is a replication tool, Extraction-Transformation-Load (ETL), and even as a Disaster-Recovery (DR) solution.

Oracle GoldenGate moves committed transactions with transaction integrity and minimal overhead on your existing infrastructure. Its wide variety of use cases includes real-time business intelligence; query offloading; zero-downtime upgrades and migrations; disaster recovery; and active databases for data distribution, data synchronization and high availability.

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Oracle SOA Suite

SOA is a set of principles and methodologies for designing and developing software in the form of interoperable service. This suite consists on the following components:

  • Oracle BPEL Process Manager: Product that allows orchestrate disparate applications and Web services into business processes.
  • Oracle Web Services Manager: A web services security and monitoring product that helps organizations not only to define and enforce security policies, but also to define and enforce the service level agreements
  • Oracle Business Rules: A high performance lightweight business rules product that addresses the requirements for agility, business control, and transparency
  • Oracle Business Activity Monitoring:A software that allows the monitoring of business activities, as those activities are implemented in computer systems (ERP, etc.)
  • Oracle Enterprise Service Bus: A fundamental component of Oracle’s Services-Oriented Architecture that provides a loosely-coupled framework for inter-application messaging
  • Oracle Service Registry: This product provides a ‘DNS’-like reference for SOA runtime infrastructure to dynamically discover and bind to deployed services and end points
  • Oracle JDeveloper: Oracle has aimed to simplify application development by focusing on providing a visual and declarative approach to application development in addition to building an advanced coding-environment. Oracle JDeveloper integrates with the Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) an end-to-end Java EE-based framework that further simplifies application development

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Stay tuned for more information on the progress of the Oracle Fusion Applications implementation. Thanks for your support!

– Gustavo González