What an impressive launch--Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g

By Brian Dayton, Senior Director, Oracle Fusion Middleware

Wow. That was probably one of the most impressive—and ambitious--keynotes I’ve seen. Just a quick break here in the press room before I head off to finish lunch and then to breakout sessions later this afternoon. Hope you caught it online.

A lot of information covering Oracle’s development tools, service-oriented architecture, enterprise portal, application server and identity management strategies. A ton of information. Even though I’ve seen everything a number of times—starting at the very beginning, years ago, and more recently as the presentations came together, the demos were built and up into rehearsals at Oracle’s HQ and today in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium— I’m still glad that I’ll be able to look back to it online. The replay should be available tomorrow.

Who’s Here and Personal Highlights
It’s always interesting to see and hear what resonates with the crowd, especially as we go from city to city. Here in the federal capital of the U.S. we obviously got a solid showing from public sector customers but also a good representation from some commercial ventures—many of which have a solid presence in the area.

Five demonstrations and five customers who are already using Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g products or were a part of the beta were the highlight for me. It really brought everything to life and made it very real and tangible.

What Resonated…at Least What I Heard People Talking About
It was interesting to see how many people were interested in the Oracle Identity Management 11g sections and the Oracle WebCenter Suite 11g sections. Maybe I’m picking up on that more because I was surrounded by public sector customers. As I anticipated, the complete identity management strategy that Thomas Kurian spoke about had people listening intently. There are a number of enhancements to the Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Virtual Directory that will definitely be time savers down the road for many of our customers.

Another key innovation is the fact that this release delivers on Oracle’s strategy and vision to deliver service-oriented security. Expect to hear a lot more about that from us in the coming months. At a high level, we’re talking about abstracting away access and entitlements management from the application. This may or not make sense, depending on how technical or security-savvy you are. But for developers and development managers this makes a lot of sense. Historically, security has been so tightly bound to the actual application it makes development, changes, reporting and administration difficult. By abstracting these away you will now be able to define and implement security declaratively—building applications in Oracle JDeveloper, and Oracle ADF app, SOA application or Web Portal.

Speaking of Web portals, the latest view into Oracle WebCenter Suite 11g looks awesome. Vince Casarez, VP of Development, did a full-on run-through of the latest—including a live demonstration of an Oracle WebCenter application on an iPhone. I’ve spent a lot of time working with some of the early adopter and beta customers over the past few months and I keep hearing great things from the Oracle WebCenter crowd. The new Composer feature for quick development, even by business users, and WebCenter Spaces for team collaboration are definitely hot with the agency and federal crowd. I was talking to two gentlemen on my way over here about how these features would apply to rolling out new services to constituents and making their virtual teams more connected.

Off to the breakouts now.

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