By Misha Vaughan
If you missed OpenWorld 2011 this year, then you missed a
remarkably straight-forward (no tech-stack diagrams!) presentation on Oracle’s
vision for how Oracle Fusion Applications can be extended.
Presented by Killian Evers, Kristin Desmond and Ronaldo
Viscuso, all from Oracle, the story is about the family of “composers.” These
composers are all available today, and provide the ability to easily tailor
Fusion Applications, or any application built on Fusion Middleware, to meet
your business needs.
Changing applications easily is an area on the mind of every
customer who picks up an enterprise application. The customer might say: “Ok, that’s
cool, but I need it to look like THIS.”
My key takeaway: There
is a family of composers provided by Fusion Middleware, designed for the
business systems analyst, that supports the upgrade-safe customizations and
extensions of key areas that impact the user interface. This includes business
objects, user interfaces, reports, analytics, workflows, and business
How it works:
These composers are supported by Fusion Middleware’s Metadata Services (MDS),
which provide the ability to store changed metadata separately from the
original metadata. So when patches or upgrades are applied, they affect the
original metadata. After a patch or upgrade, the changed metadata is
reapplied, preserving the changes.
I wanted to find out what the presenters’ take was on what
this means for applications customers in detail. So I asked them to spell it out for me.
“If you have an application running on Fusion Middleware,”
Kristin Desmond says, “you can use Oracle’s Page Composer to make changes to
your user interface to meet your needs.”
“If you have a mixed bag of Fusion as well as pre-Fusion
applications, you can use these composers to build an integration, e.g., with
EBS, PeopleSoft, Agile, or Siebel components – and go all the way down to
restyling the skin,” she adds.
“If you have Fusion Applications, you have access to a much
wider set of customizations in the user interface. You can move things around on a dashboard,
hide and show things on a dashboard, hide and show fields on a page, make
sections on a page viewable based on role, or country. You can add new components, such as a Twitter
presentation went a long way to helping me understand a key customer issue and
Oracle’s perspective on the solution: Tailoring the applications user
experience to meet custom business needs.