With arch-rival SAP gathering in Copenhagen, Oracle decided to make some applications announcements of its own, specifically a new brand name for its middleware and a road map for certifying PeopleSoft and JD Edwards applications with this middleware offering.
Oracle Fusion Middleware will include the Oracle Application Server 10g application development tools and J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) Application Server; Web services infrastructure; ESBs (enterprise service buses) and integration server; business process management and activity monitoring; business intelligence tools; security and identity management; enterprise portals; Oracle's data hubs; and the Oracle Collaboration Suite.
"Prior to the acquisition, PeopleSoft had only certified on competitors' middleware products," saID Rick Schultz, VP of product marketing for Oracle. "Lots of customers are using middleware from IBM or BEA. We are responding to those customers asking Oracle for a middleware option."
By the end of the second quarter, Oracle will have certified its People Process Manager product (based on the BPEL open standard) and certified its own LDAP directory for PeopleSoft products. By year's end, Oracle is expected to certify with other J2EE servers, its Oracle Portal server, its Identity Management server and the Oracle Integration server.