Tuesday Dec 15, 2009

Just Got Accepted to the Sun Ambassador Program

Just found out I was invited to join the Sun Ambassador Program.  This is a Center of Excellence group for Sun's application platform that you have to be voted in by your peers, so I am especially excited to be part of the program.

As a leader in the Oracle User Community and an Oracle ACE in the Fusion Middleware area, Oracle DBA for 20 years and MySQL background I hope to use these along with my Sun background in Solaris and Java to provide strong leadership in creating a great environment for exchanging and sharing ideas in Sun Application Platform and middleware space.  Migrations, ETLs, interoperability are all really hot areas among Sun customers and I plan on jumping in with both feet.  :) 

Mission

The Application Platform Ambassadors are chartered with evangelizing the unique value created through our application platform architectures and product offerings. The Application Platform Ambassadors will bring together thought leaders to collect, develop and disseminate content, and provide a formal conduit to share ideas, issues, and opportunities with the Application Platform engineering organization with the singular goal of improving Sun's focus and sales growth in this market area.

Application Platform Ambassador Scope

The Application Platform Ambassadors focuses on the following technologies:

  • MySQL
  • Glassfish
  • Java, JavaFX
  • Identity Management

Tuesday Jul 01, 2008

BEA Welcome and Oracle's Middleware Strategic Briefing

BEA Welcome and Oracle's Middleware Strategic Briefing 

I just finished listening to the BEA Welcome and Oracle's Middleware Strategic Briefing by Charles Phillips (President) and Thomas Kurian (Senior Vice President) at Oracle.   The BEA acquisition is going to make Oracle's Fusion Middleware stronger for Oracle's next generation Oracle Fusion Applications.  Oracle Fusion Applications are the next generation Oracle E-Business Suite, Siebel, J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft, Retek, etc. applications.

Key Points in Briefing

The key points that stood out to me on Thomas Kurian's details of the BEA integration into Oracle and how that impacts Oracle Fusion Middleware technology: 


  • Oracle's Application Integration Architecture (AIA) is demonstrating that Oracle picked the right framework for integrating Oracle and standards based solutions into enterprise solutions.  AIA is showing flexibility as Oracle technology evolves.
  • The Oracle Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is still going to have JDeveloper as the key development tool but will also use an Oracle Eclipse Pack that will address all the BEA developers that have worked with Eclipse for years.    This allows developers have have grown up with the Oracle JDeveloper tool and open source developers that use Eclipse to choose their IDE development tool of preference.
  • Oracle ADF will continue to be a key strategic piece of developing web based applications.
  • Oracle BPEL Process Manager will continue its key role in the SOA strategy.
  • Oracle Business Rules and BAM are going to continue their strategic roles.
  • BEA technology in areas where the BEA products or components excel, are going to be integrated into the Fusion Middleware modular components.  Products like JRocket and parts of AquaLogic will strengthen Oracle Fusion Middleware in the future.
  • In areas where there is overlap between Oracle and BEA products, there is going to be some merging of products.  This is something that should surprise no one.  
Summary

Oracle has a major presence in the enterprise business applications space with products like Oracle E-Business Suite, J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Retek, etc.  So Oracle's emphasis on middleware technology for enterprise business applications is very strategic.

LAMP and GlassFish focus more on web applications.   There are three key areas of applications, Oracle business applications, SAP and web applications.  It will be interesting to watch as Sun's strategy evolves to increase its presence of web applications.

Oracle's increased presence in the middle-tier should also be a big win for Sun, Oracle's large business applications require powerful servers and storage,  areas where Sun excels.   

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This blog is my perspective of Sun in relation to Oracle, MySQL, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Education and Virtual Reality platforms. The views expressed on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

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