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Interview: Oracle on integrated applications[zz]  

2006-11-24 16:37:23|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Interview: Oracle on integrated applications

Stuart Turner of Oracle defends the vendor’s acquisitive business applications strategy

James Murray, IT Week, 22 Nov 2006













IT Week: There has been a lot of concern in the wake of its acquisition spree that certain Oracle applications will be discontinued. Have you done enough to counter these concerns?

Stuart Turner: We’ve listened to the criticism and moved so that if you have a particular release on one of our application products you can stay on it – there will be no sudden decommissioning. Each product line now has its own roadmap, meanwhile the much heralded Fusion application suite is exactly where it should be in its development lifecycle for a launch in 2008. We are creating a situation where people can upgrade as and when they want. It means it is far easier for customers to make plans for the future from both a technology and a business point of view. It really is all about the old chestnut of choice.

But where is the commercial benefit in supporting all these different application lines? Doesn’t it place pressure on Oracle’s development teams?

We see it as beneficial, in fact we see it as essential. You have to remember we have the size to do this. We can maintain the development plans for individual product lines as well as Fusion. There is also a lot of leverage between the different product lines. We’ve found that analytics capabilities from Siebel can be spread across other apps and we’re taking the look and feel of PeopleSoft and using it in other apps. There are economies here.

The business apps market remains very competitive. How would you summarise Oracle’s differentiator?

One of the keys to Oracle’s recent success in applications has been the ability to leverage our historic strength in technology. Areas such as identity management, business process management, security and business intelligence are now key to all applications so having those capabilities already embedded in the technology layer has really added value to our apps. It is that integration that is one of the key strengths.

So has the integrated application stack finally won the argument with the best of breed providers?

I think the argument is being won. The thing with a best of breed approach is that businesses aren’t built on products, they are built on processes. Those processes cut across multiple products. Integrated stacks make the support of those processes far more seamless. Managing who has access to a system is something that cuts across every software product so having that embedded in all your apps is a real benefit.

But best of breed vendors would argue that is all when and good in a pure Oracle shop, but doesn’t work half as well in a heterogeneous IT environment with different legacy apps and infrastructure already in place.

We will see the strength of that argument diminish over the next few years, because the objective of Oracle’s Fusion middleware product is to offer integration between our products and heterogeneous environments. It makes sense for us because now we can go into customers with a small Oracle footprint and say, “This will work here, just as well as in a large Oracle environment.”

Even if they are running SAP?

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