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  • December 3, 2014

Partner Column: The Journey to PaaS, Part One

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director

I have
been writing a monthly column on this blog discussing AppAdvantage and totally random
thoughts but now I am going to add to that a monthly update on the road to
PaaS.

As
customers adopt SaaS (Software as a Service) either as a replacement system or to co-exist
with their existing applications they are looking for ways to extend them
to add additional value to their investment with extensions.  The
design principles of Fusion mean this is possible without the old problems
of customisations, but Cloud means you can’t get to the development
layer of your applications, so how do you extend?

PaaS,
Platform as a Service gives you and your partners the development layer needed,
and allows the extensions to be hosted and sold just like SaaS and use the
same integrations utilised for coexistence. 

The
first step is to understand PaaS, and what is available today.

For
simple extensions that have a set process and simple integration you can use
the Java Cloud Service and APEX in the Database Cloud Service

Ultimately
every extension you create should look and feel like Fusion,  the same user experience (UX) Oracle has delivered. So this means you need to use the same
tools. This means Oracle SOA Suite for both configuration for different needs as well as
integration.

Where do you start? Well
again, Oracle can help. The UX team have developed the Rapid Development Kit and
you should consider using this as a blueprint.

This is
an exciting journey and one I hope you will follow with me.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, Fusion Champion, UKOUG
Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

Lilley has 18 years experience
with Oracle Applications, with E Business Suite since 9.4.1, moving to Business
Intelligence Team Lead and Oracle Alliance Director. She has spoken at over 100
conferences worldwide and posts at debrasoraclethoughts 

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